PROTESTERS at the G20 burned Australian flags today in a demonstration over indigenous rights.
Images of the national flag going up in flames cranked up the heat on an already scorching day.
Protesters at Roma Street parklands in Brisbane city centre raised their fists in the air and chanted “resist, revive, decolonise”.
Papier mache effigies of Aboriginal representatives Warren Mundine, Noel Pearson and Marcia Langton were also torched, The Courier Mail reported. The crowd chanted “sell outs”, calling the trio an “elitist group who had sold out their people”. At least 100 people were present as the angry scenes unfolded ahead of the Sunday afternoon march. Some social media users labelled the burning of the flag “outrageous” and “disgraceful”, calling on Tony Abbott to make the act illegal.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said he respected the right to protest but would not condone burning the Australian flag. .. see more