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Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, anti-monarch protests against the Queen

Hours after a national mourning ceremony was held in the Queen’s memory, protesters set fire to an Australian flag calling for “abolition of the monarchy.”

Anti-monarchists took to the streets of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra for a one-off Thursday holiday.

A wild scene began to emerge from the protests, with some choosing to send a message to the Commonwealth by burning the Australian flag.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Brisbane’s CBD just after noon and marched from the Queen Victoria statue on Williams Street to the Eagle Street Pier area.

“Our message to England and the monarchy is fucking Kingburn,” one speaker told the crowd through a megaphone.

After the speech, the group set fire to newspapers before burning Australian and British flags.

Protesters wore shirts that read ‘Abolish Australia Day’.

A large sign carried by the group read, “No kings, no policemen, no capitalists, no socialists.”

As the group walked back through the city, they chanted:

In the days leading up to the holiday, notices of the protest said the group condemned past atrocities and the ongoing effects of British colonization in Australia.

The activist group Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) and activist groups fighting in solidarity for the treaty are just a few of those who organized the demonstration.

“This is our stance on the crimes that continue to be committed against marginalized First Nations, Black, Brown and Asian communities. We demand justice, truth and accountability from all. Justice for all,” WAR wrote on Facebook.

“This is a demonstration against racist colonial imperialism.”

The protests began just hours after hundreds of Australian leaders and politicians gathered at Canberra’s Parliament House to mourn the Queen with a memorial service and a moment of silence.

While many praised the monarch’s 70-year reign, indigenous leaders say the monarchy represents a violent history.

“The Commonwealth has blood on its hands. The death of Elizabeth II has ignited an ongoing call for justice for the dispossessed,” the Sydney protest group wrote on Facebook.

“Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded. So-called Black Furla here in Australia and around the world protest.

“We demand a ceasefire in the ongoing wars against the Earth and its custodians! We demand an end to inherited power and stolen wealth.”

Thousands of Australians expressed interest in joining one of the protests.

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