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Australia: Thousands take part in Melbourne 'Invasion Day' march02:59

Australia: Thousands take part in Melbourne 'Invasion Day' march

Australia, Melbourne
January 26, 2021 at 10:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands took part in an 'Invasion Day' march through central Melbourne on Tuesday.

The march is held annually to draw attention to the plight of Australia's Aboriginal people in the wake of European colonisation. On the same day across the nation, ‘Australia Day’ is celebrated, with many in Australian society calling for a date-change, since the event marks the anniversary of the arrival in 1788 of British government ships to Australian shores.

Invasion Day protesters waved the black, red and yellow of the Australian Aboriginal flag and chanted slogans such as “always was, always will be, Aboriginal land” as they marched through Melbourne’s CBD.

"It's our land and they should listen to us instead of listening to everybody else. We need our land and everything back and our rights to change the date,” said Shirely, an Aboriginal Elder.

An apparent counter-protester was detained by police after engaging in verbal confrontations with the marchers. He was seen wearing a t-shirt featuring the slogans ‘Proud Boys’ and ‘F**ck Antifa.’

‘Australia Day’ is held to mark the anniversary of the British First Fleet's 1788 arrival in Port Jackson, New South Wales, a date many Aboriginal people consider to be the start of the European colonisation of Australia.

Australia: Thousands take part in Melbourne 'Invasion Day' march02:59
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Thousands took part in an 'Invasion Day' march through central Melbourne on Tuesday.

The march is held annually to draw attention to the plight of Australia's Aboriginal people in the wake of European colonisation. On the same day across the nation, ‘Australia Day’ is celebrated, with many in Australian society calling for a date-change, since the event marks the anniversary of the arrival in 1788 of British government ships to Australian shores.

Invasion Day protesters waved the black, red and yellow of the Australian Aboriginal flag and chanted slogans such as “always was, always will be, Aboriginal land” as they marched through Melbourne’s CBD.

"It's our land and they should listen to us instead of listening to everybody else. We need our land and everything back and our rights to change the date,” said Shirely, an Aboriginal Elder.

An apparent counter-protester was detained by police after engaging in verbal confrontations with the marchers. He was seen wearing a t-shirt featuring the slogans ‘Proud Boys’ and ‘F**ck Antifa.’

‘Australia Day’ is held to mark the anniversary of the British First Fleet's 1788 arrival in Port Jackson, New South Wales, a date many Aboriginal people consider to be the start of the European colonisation of Australia.