As protests against the monarchy start up in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Canberra, there are some wild scenes.
Anti-monarchists burned Australian flags and called for "the end of the monarchy" just hours after a national memorial service to remember the Queen.
Just hours after a national memorial service was held to remember the Queen, protesters burned Australian flags and called for the end of the monarchy.
On Thursday, a one-time public holiday, people who don't like the monarchy went out into the streets in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra.
Some people at the protests are burning Australian flags to send a message to the Commonwealth. This is a sign that things are getting out of hand.
Just after noon, hundreds of protesters met in Brisbane's central business district (CBD). They marched from the Queen Victoria Statue on Williams Street to the Eagle Street Pier precinct.
One speaker told the crowd through a megaphone, "Our message to England and the Monarchy is to f**king burn."
After the speaker finished, the group lit a newspaper on fire and then used it to burn two Australian flags.
As the group walked back through the city, they chanted, "Aboriginal land was and will always be."
In the days before the public holiday, notices for the protest said that the groups would talk about past atrocities and the effects of British colonization in Australia that are still happening today.
Demonstrations were put on by groups like Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) and Fighting In Solidarity Towards Treaties.
"This is a stand against the fact that marginalized First Nations, black, brown, and Asian communities are still being harmed. We don't agree with benefactors or Stolenwealth, and we want everyone to be held accountable for their actions. For everyone to get justice," WAR wrote on Facebook.
"This is a protest against racist colonial imperialism," someone said at the rally.
The protests started just a few hours after hundreds of Australian leaders and politicians held a memorial service and minute of silence at Parliament House in Canberra to honor the Queen.
Many people praised the monarch's 70-year rule, but indigenous leaders say that the monarchy is a sign of a violent past.
"The Commonwealth is guilty of murder. "The death of Queen Elizabeth II has led to calls for justice for the poor," protest organizers in Sydney wrote on Facebook.
"The First Nations have never given up their power. Blackfullas will protest here in so-called Australia and all over the world.
"We want an end to the war against the planet and the people who take care of it! We want power to stop being passed down and wealth to stop being stolen."
Thousands of people in Australia said they wanted to go to one of the protests.