Anti-monarchy protester removed from Queen memorial service in South Australia
A protester has been ejected from a commemoration service for the Queen over an “abolish the monarchy” sign.
Police escorted the South Australian man from the event at South Australia’s Government House on Thursday morning.
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He was carrying a sign reading “abolish the monarchy” and wrote the same message in one of the Queen’s condolence books.
He proudly relayed his message to 7NEWS cameras as police walked him away.
It is understood he was spoken to by police and barred from attending Government House for the next 24 hours.
The protest is expected to be a microcosm of further events taking place across the country.
Thursday is a public holiday for the National Day of Mourning for the Queen.
Anti-monarchy protests are planned in several capital cities, including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
Activist groups Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) and Fighting In Solidarity Towards Treaties are among those organising 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.”
A state funeral was held for Queen Elizabeth on Monday after her death aged 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8.
While supporters have hailed her 70-year reign, some Indigenous leaders say the British monarchy represents a violent history.
At a national memorial service in Canberra, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the Queen did not seek to chase the times, but rather “held to qualities and virtues that are timeless”.
“Love of family, loyalty to country, service to community, kindness to those in need, respect for everyone she met,” Albanese said.
He said monuments to the Queen dotted the Australian landscape, in almost every town and city.
“Perhaps the greatest tribute we can offer her family and her memory is not a marble statue or a metal plaque – it is a renewed embrace of service to community, a truer understanding of our duty to others, a stronger commitment to respect for all,” Albanese said.
– with AAP
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