Protesters have set fire to the Australian flag and called to ‘abolish the monarchy’ hours after the national memorial service was held to mourn the Queen.
Thousands rallied against colonialism to draw attention to First Nation people’s suffering, with protests held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra.
The demonstrations at Melbourne’s Birrarung Marr cut up the flag, while elders in Brisbane set the Australian flag on fire on top of a pile of flaming newspapers.
Federal Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe led a crowd on the Queen’s National Day of Mourning in Melbourne.
‘The Crown has blood on their hands. Our people are still dying in this country every single day,’ Ms Thorpe said at the rally.
The Crown’s boot is on our neck and we’re sick of it.’
The group then smeared red dye, resembling blood, over an emblem on the British Consulate in Melbourne.
Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe roused a large crowd of activists in Melbourne with an impassioned speech and ‘bloodstained’ hand (pictured)
Protesters smeared red dye over an emblem at the British Consulate in the Melbourne rally (pictured)
Protest leaders set an Australian flag on fire in an intense display during Brisbane’s ‘Abolish the Monarchy’ protests
Activists set fire to newspapers and Australian flags at Brisbane’s ‘Abolish the Monarchy’ protest
Police were seen with a man on the ground during the Melbourne anti-monarchy protest which saw activists marching down the CBD
In Brisbane’s CBD hundreds of protesters gathered just after midday marching from the Queen Victoria Statue.
One speaker at the protest was heard saying, ‘Our message to England and the Monarchy is to f**king burn.’
‘We don’t need the numbers, we just need the passion,’ another protester said.
A banner at the Brisbane protest read ‘No Kings, No Cops, No Capitalists’, carried by the economic-reformist group the Socialist Alternative.
Other protesters at the rally wore shirts calling for Australia Day to be abolished.
Indigenous elder Uncle Wayne Wharton wore one such shirt standing by an Australian flag while other Indigenous protesters set a flag alight in Brisbane’s CBD.
Activist groups had been planning the protests since the Queen’s death.
Wayne Wharton (pictured centre) held up a flag for burning at Brisbane’s anti-monarchy protest
Activist carried signs and called for a range of reforms during the first of nationwide national day of mourning protests (pictured)
Protestors swarmed the central streets of Brisbane with banners, flags, signs and T-shirts all calling for an end to the monarchy (pictured)
In Sydney, protesters gathered in front of the Town Hall building in the CBD, using speakers to address the crowd, standing on sandstone steps.
While in Adelaide, a 31-year-old man had to be forcibly removed from Government House after he chanted anti-monarchy slogans and then refused to leave.
He was escorted from the premises and issued with a trespass notice not to re-enter the area for 24 hours.
Activist and Sydney local Lizzy Jarrett (pictured) addressed the huge crowd from the front of Town Hall in the city’s CBD
Large crowds gathered in Sydney holding signs and listening to speakers on Thursday (pictured)
Activist groups Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) and Fighting In Solidarity Towards Treaties were one group who organised the demonstrations.
‘This is a stance against the continued crimes committed against marginalised First Nations, black, brown and Asian communities. We do not support benefactors or Stolenwealth (sic) and demand justice, truth and accountability for all. Justice for all,’ WAR wrote on Facebook.
‘This is a demonstration against racist colonial imperialism.’
Signs and banners held at the protests across the country called for a range of reforms including the introduction of an Indigenous treaty, Australia to become a republic and for justice in response to reports of First Nations deaths in custody.
In 2007, Indigenous youths accounted for 59 per cent of the total juvenile detention population, according to government records.
Last year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners made up 30 per cent of all prisoners.
The explosive protests across the country saw a group of elders burn Australian flags in Brisbane and activists in Melbourne smear red dye on the British Consulate (pictured)
Protestors in Melbourne demanded changes ranging from abolishing the police to the establishment of a treaty with First Nations peoples
A woman in Sydney held a sign asking for a treaty, a republic and for the country to ‘de-colonise’
Posters promoting the protest and carried throughout the marches featured a graphic of Queen Elizabeth II with her eyes crossed out and calls to ‘Abolish the Monarchy’ (pictured)