black and indigenous women organize ‘abolish australia day’ march against theft and genocide

January 29, 2018
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Tens of thousands of protestors gathered across Australia for the Invasion Day marches celebrating Indigenous resistance and the abolition of “Austraila Day”. Much like Columbus Day or the 4th of July in the States, Australia celebrates the landing of the First Fleet, a convoy of British ships that transported convicts, servicemen, and civilians in Australia, which marked the beginning of European colonization of Australia and its indigenous people. Reports stated that attendance at Invasion Day protestors outnumbered those of the traditional Australia Day celebrations, with as many as 60,000 turning out in Melbourne alone.

In Sydney, protestors marched to raise awareness about police brutality against the ingenious population

“It’s also important to raise the issues that are still ongoing in Aboriginal communities,” said organizer Ken Canning. “We have the highest deaths in custody rates in the world per head of population, the highest imprisonment rates.”