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Huge crowds attend Invasion Day marches across Australia’s capital cities

australia day 2019 1by Calla Wahlquist, The Guardian, Jan 26, 2019

Scott Morrison has said 26 January 1788 was “pretty miserable” for his ancestor, in a speech defending the celebration of Australia Day, while tens of thousands of people joined Invasion Day marches around the country calling for the public holiday to be abolished. Read the rest of this entry

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‘People are starting to understand’: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne

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Marching in Melbourne … Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that ‘if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us’

Melbourne’s Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.

The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didn’t register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to watch the official proceedings. Read the rest of this entry

We killed it: Australia Day is officially dead

Australia: Colonial statues vandalized on eve of Australia Day

A STATUE of James Cook in St Kilda and the Burke Wills sculpture in the Melbourne CBD have both been defaced on the eve of Australia Day.

The sculpture of Captain James Cook, erected in the Catani Gardens in 1914, has had pink paint dumped over it and big red letters marked at the base saying “No Pride”.

The statue of Captain Cook is a replica of the one at his birthplace at Whitby in England. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Thousands march against Invasion Day celebrations

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Thousands march in Brisbane against Invasion Day/Australia Day, Jan 26, 2017.

By Lucy Mae Beers and Ollie Gillman and Max Margan, Daily Mail, Jan 26, 2017

A fight has erupted between police and thousands protesting ‘Invasion Day’ after a man allegedly tried to set fire to a flag.

Protesters draped in Aboriginal flags marched through Ultimo in Sydney on Australia Day, labelling the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 as a ‘day of killing’. Read the rest of this entry