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Australia: Thousands rally for Aboriginal rights, denounce Australia Day in Melbourne01:38

Australia: Thousands rally for Aboriginal rights, denounce Australia Day in Melbourne

Australia, Melbourne
January 26, 2016 at 06:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of people rallied in Melbourne, Tuesday, in order to draw attention to the suffering the Aboriginal people experienced after the 1788 First Fleet landing on what they sometimes call 'Invasion Day'. On the same day across the nation, ‘Australia Day’ is celebrated, which Melbourne protesters denounced along with other demonstrators across the country.

One protester, while addressing the crowd, said “The people that are celebrating Australia Day - the genocide of our people - don't want us here right now,” before calling on the crowd to put their fists in the air in a symbolic gesture to show those who celebrate Australia Day that attendees and organisers of Invasion Day are not “going anywhere.”

In Melbourne, protesters marched across the city, gathering outside Parliament House to listen to activists of Aboriginal origin speak. During the rally, protesters could be seen holding flags of the Aboriginal people and banners with slogans on them including ‘no pride in genocide’ and condemning ‘Indigenous land theft.’ Banners adorned with the words ‘Day of Mourning’ were also common, as Aboriginal Australians and pro-Aboriginal rights activists also often refer to the day in these words.

The nation-wide protests were organised with the help of organisations such as the ‘Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance.’

Australia: Thousands rally for Aboriginal rights, denounce Australia Day in Melbourne01:38
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Thousands of people rallied in Melbourne, Tuesday, in order to draw attention to the suffering the Aboriginal people experienced after the 1788 First Fleet landing on what they sometimes call 'Invasion Day'. On the same day across the nation, ‘Australia Day’ is celebrated, which Melbourne protesters denounced along with other demonstrators across the country.

One protester, while addressing the crowd, said “The people that are celebrating Australia Day - the genocide of our people - don't want us here right now,” before calling on the crowd to put their fists in the air in a symbolic gesture to show those who celebrate Australia Day that attendees and organisers of Invasion Day are not “going anywhere.”

In Melbourne, protesters marched across the city, gathering outside Parliament House to listen to activists of Aboriginal origin speak. During the rally, protesters could be seen holding flags of the Aboriginal people and banners with slogans on them including ‘no pride in genocide’ and condemning ‘Indigenous land theft.’ Banners adorned with the words ‘Day of Mourning’ were also common, as Aboriginal Australians and pro-Aboriginal rights activists also often refer to the day in these words.

The nation-wide protests were organised with the help of organisations such as the ‘Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance.’

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