Hundreds of anti-monarchy protesters have turned red after accidentally smearing the Portuguese weapon with fake blood because they thought it was the British one.
Thousands of anti-monarchy protesters gathered in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide on Thursday for Queen Elizabeth II’s national day of mourning.
Several protesters cut, burned and poured red paint on the Australian flag.
Others dipped their hands in red paint to symbolize blood and swept stains on buildings to indicate the damage Aboriginal people suffered from British colonialism.
But those protesting outside the building that houses the British Consulate on Melbourne’s Collins Street shamefully smeared red paint all over the Portuguese monarchy’s coat of arms.
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Several members of the public, including Liberal MP and monarchist Tim Smith, were quick to point out the embarrassing mistake.
“I hate to tell the protesters… but 90 Collins Street is not Commonwealth property and the protesters bizarrely smeared fake blood on the royal arms of Portugal’s now-defunct monarchy,” he tweeted.
“It was not the British weapon that was insulted yesterday, but the historical one of Portugal. Protesters should either do some homework or tell us why they hate Portugal,” commented a second person.
A third added: “So the waketards who protested yesterday smeared fake blood on the historic Portuguese weapon, thinking it was the British weapon…if you want proof that the left is nothing more than idiots signaling virtue, here it is.”
“What monumental stuff, they went and covered the WRONG weapon that belonged to the Portuguese with fake blood. Idiots, show the mentality and dare I say the IQ of these people,” another tweeted.
The Portuguese monarch was abolished in 1910 when it was replaced by a republic.
Controversial Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe was among those who dipped their hands in red paint and led the protesters gathered outside Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station.
“The Crown has blood on their hands, our people are still dying every day in this country, the crown’s boot is on our necks and we’re tired of it,” she told the Melbourne crowd, wearing a shirt with a print on it. ‘Another day in the Colony’.
In Adelaide, a 31-year-old man was marched out of Government House by police and shouted anti-monarchy rhetoric as he left.
A mural of the Queen – painted after Her Majesty’s death in Sydney near Sydneyham train station – was painted over with the colors of the Aboriginal flag as hundreds gathered at City Hall with anti-monarch posters.
Hundreds also gathered in Brisbane, starting at the Queen Victoria Statue in Queens Gardens and moving through the city chanting anti-monarchy slogans and burning Australian flags.
“Our message to England and the monarchy is to burn the king,” one shouted through a megaphone.