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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

They protest in Australia to end the monarchy amid mourning for Queen Elizabeth

Sydney, Australia, Thousands of Australians called for the end of the monarchy this Thursday in a day of protests held in various cities across the country to coincide with the commemoration of the National Day of Mourning for the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“There is blood on the hands of the crown. Our people in this country are dying every day… the boot of the crown is on our necks and we are fed up with it”, said tribal Lydia Thorpe, a Green Party senator, who was dressed as if in black. The color red gave a street address in the city of Melbourne.

In that city, hundreds of demonstrators led by the senator took to the streets with banners reading messages such as “the abolition of the monarchy or “Black lives matter”, a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement.

One of the protest’s organizers, the “Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance” front, called for an end to “colonial racist imperialism and its continuing influence” on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, who represent 3.3 percent of the 25 million residents. . Country.

“As they mourn the Queen, we mourn everything that her reign stole from us: our children, our land, the lives of our loved ones, our sacred places, our stories,” reads the call to the street march .

Protests also took place in other Australian cities such as Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide, where chants such as “it always was and will always be Aboriginal land” prevailed.

In addition, some protesters burned the Australian flag, according to images broadcast on television.

Today’s protest coincides with a national memorial service held at the Canberra Parliament on National Mourning Day, officially decided to pay tribute to Elizabeth II, the head of state of the ocean country during her 70-year reign.

At that official ceremony, David Hurley, the Governor-General of Australia, acknowledged, “Considering the unifying role Her Majesty played, I recognize that her passing has provoked differing reactions among some members of our community.”

“I know that many First Nations Australians, stunned by colonial history, have embarked on a journey of reconciliation. It is a journey that, as a nation, we must complete,” added the representative of the British crown to Australia .

Australian Aborigines, who have not been recognized by the Australian Constitution since 1901, have been subjected to continued abuse since colonialism, in addition to being evicted from their lands and systematically discriminated against, for which many of them Live in conditions of poverty and inequality..

The government of Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has promised to hold a referendum during this term to make a constitutional change that would recognize the rights of Indigenous Australians and allow them to have a voice in the country’s parliament.

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