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An Australian senator calls Queen Elizabeth II "colonizer" during his swearing-in ceremony


Aug 2, 2022 01:34 GMT

The legislator had to repeat her oath without altering the original text in order to formally assume office. However, she could be heard laughing as she recited it.

Lidia Thorpe, an indigenous Australian senator for the state of Victoria, publicly called Queen Elizabeth II a “settler” during her swearing-in ceremony, informs TheAustralian.

Before taking possession of her seat, the senator had to recite an oath, which was written on a card. “I, Sovereign, Lidia Thorpe, solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and pay allegiance to the colonizer Queen Elizabeth II,” she declared with a raised hand and adding the word “colonizer” to the original text.

At that point, the president of the Senate intervened and told her that she would have to recite the oath again “just as it is printed on the card”, while some of her colleagues warned her that she would not be formally a senator until she did it correctly.

Thorpe, representative of the Los Verdes party, agreed and swore allegiance again, this time without altering the text. However, he could be heard laughing as he did so.

Later, Senator tweeted a photo of her with her hand up along with the phrase “sovereignty was never ceded.”

In an interview in June, Lidia Thorpe declared that the Australian flag did not represent her or her people because it was the symbol of a “colonial project”. “I am here for my people, and I will sacrifice the oath of allegiance to the colonizer to enter the media like now, to enter Parliament,” she added. Likewise, he claimed to a radio station that the national flag represented “dispossession, massacre and genocide“.

Source: Actualidad

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