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The Best And Most Powerful Signs From Today’s Invasion Day Protests

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The Best Signs from the Invasion Day protests

Tens of thousands of people have turned out to Invasion Day rallies around the country today to voice their opposition to the national holiday on January 26 and protest the historic and continued inequality faced by Indigenous Australians.

Protests took place in every capital city, and even stretched as far as London, where activists hung a banner from Westminster Bridge calling for Australia Day to be abolished.

Marchers chanted slogans including “always was, always will be Aboriginal land”, “no pride in genocide”, “no justice, no peace, no racist police” and “they say accident, we say murder”.

Many also came bearing signs and placards calling out the hypocrisy and staggering insensitivity of celebrating Australia Day on a date that marks the beginning of a genocide.

 

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#AlwaysWasAlwaysWillBeAboriginalLand #NoPrideInGenocide #InvasionDay #ChangeTheNation

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🖤💛❤️ #invasionday

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While some people used memes and wordplay to make their point, others took a more sombre approach, with signs highlighting issues like Indigenous incarceration and youth suicide rates. Some carried photos featuring the faces of Indigenous Australians who have died in police custody.

 

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Balit Narrun festival after the #invasionday #march #2019 #melbourne #aboriginalaustralia #solidarity

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Feature and additional images via Rae Johnston.