Aboriginal people do not grieve; Elizabeth “The Head of the Funnel”

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  • Mike Wiggers

    Australia reporter

  • Mike Wiggers

    Australia reporter

According to Australian media, the conclusion is that the entire population is in deep mourning over the death of Queen Elizabeth II. News about the death of the head of state is accurately updated in all newspapers, television and radio channels. The Albanian prime minister’s government leaves little room for critical discussion of the monarchy.

People are less proprietary on the street and on social media. Indigenous peoples in particular do not mourn the death of the head of state. This group has a complex relationship with the royal family. Some natives have fond memories of Elizabeth, for others she is an example of British imperialism that robbed them of their land. The fact that the Aboriginal flag also went halfway up the mast goes too far for a lot of people.

“You can’t expect Aboriginal people to celebrate the Queen’s life and be sad,” said Sandy O’Sullivan, professor of Aboriginal studies at Macquarie University in Sydney. Although the British crown, like the Dutch royal family, is not responsible for government policy, O’Sullivan believes that the Queen had a personal and active role in an oppressive regime: “Under her supervision, horrific crimes have been committed against the indigenous people of this country. The Queen is not just a personal A sham or just a spectator of colonialism and oppression, I actively perpetuated the regime.”

O’Sullivan is an aboriginal of the Wiraguri tribe. Blind acceptance of King Charles III questions O’Sullivan. “It’s not about someone’s death. It’s about her position and the role she played. And that place was taken over by someone else at once.”

Murder and injustice

Australia has a bloody colonial history. Since the arrival of the British more than 230 years ago, the indigenous population has been massacred, deprived and oppressed. The settlers decided that Australia was “empty land”: the land of no one. Therefore, no treaty was concluded with the indigenous population.

This population is still vulnerable today. Until the 1970s, there was a deliberate racist government policy. The “White Australia Policy” was intended to give the country as white and Western identity as possible. In the name of this policy, approximately one hundred thousand Aboriginal children were taken from their parents between 1910 and 1970 and placed in homes or with white families. Children went down in history as the “Stolen Generations”.

In 2008, then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally apologized for the suffering inflicted on the indigenous peoples. But the Queen never apologized. She never admitted that her empire was built on our backs,” O’Sullivan said. The criticism on Twitter cost O’Sullivan dearly. “I was shocked by the thousands of racist and hateful reactions. I received death and rape threats.”

Criticize the Republicans

More anti-monarchy voices can be heard on social media, though critics are quickly portrayed as “disrespectful”. Adam Bandt, the leader of the Australian Green Party, wrote on Twitter that Australia must look forward. “First there must be a treaty with the natives, and after that we must become a republic.” It was bombarded with criticism. The Albanian prime minister, who has spoken in favor of the republic in recent years, says that “now is not the time to become political.”

This Thursday is a public holiday in Australia in memory of the Queen. Then a minute of silence is observed. In an opinion piece for Guardian Australia, Lydia Thorpe, fellow Aboriginal Party Fellow Lydia Thorpe, wrote: “The British Empire has declared war on the indigenous people of this country. It has led to mass massacres. And you want me to be quiet for a minute now? for the crown?” .

New Zealand

In New Zealand, the desire to abolish the monarchy is much less prominent. This is partly because the indigenous people had already made a treaty with the British in 1840. In 1995, Queen Elizabeth apologized for the injustice done to the Maori people by colonialism. More than 100 million euros were paid in compensation.

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