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Thousands take to the streets during ‘Invasion Day’ protests

Thousands take to the streets during ‘Invasion Day’ protests against the date of Australia Day calling for it to be changed out of respect for Indigenous people

  • ‘Invasion Day’ protest marches are gearing up in major cities around the country on Australia Day
  • Protesters will demand the date of Australia Day be changed from January 26 to another occasion 
  • Hundreds of people earlier attended a dawn service in Melbourne commemorating Indigenous deaths 

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Thousands have begun gathering for protests demanding the date of Australia Day be changed, while the rest of the country celebrates.

Rallies and marches are planned to coincide with official events throughout the day with hundreds of people already massed in the CBDs of major cities.

A protester was arrested in Brisbane before the event got into full swing as was seen being led away by police outside the treasury buildings. 

Thousands have begun gathering for protests demanding the date of Australia Day be changed, while the rest of the country celebrates

A protester was arrested in Brisbane before the event got into full swing as was seen being led away by police outside the treasury buildings

A protester was arrested in Brisbane before the event got into full swing as was seen being led away by police outside the treasury buildings

Three-year-old Jre Simpson from Moree is seen during the Invasion Day rally in Brisbane

Three-year-old Jre Simpson from Moree is seen during the Invasion Day rally in Brisbane

Jesse Randall was another rallying in Brisbane as hundreds of people massed in the CBDs of major cities

Jesse Randall was another rallying in Brisbane as hundreds of people massed in the CBDs of major cities

Before the sun even rose in on Australia Day, mixed emotions about the national holiday were on full display in Melbourne.

Hundreds of people attended a dawn service marking what they say is Invasion Day – which aims to counter celebration of the January 26 anniversary of the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788.

The event commemorated all Indigenous people who died in conflict with white settlers during colonisation and others who more recently died in custody.

Koomurri dancers arrive for the smoking ceremony during the WugulOra Morning Ceremony on Australia Day at Walumil Lawns in Sydney on Australia Day

Koomurri dancers arrive for the smoking ceremony during the WugulOra Morning Ceremony on Australia Day at Walumil Lawns in Sydney on Australia Day

Koomurri dancers preform the smoking ceremony on the morning of Australia Day

Koomurri dancers preform the smoking ceremony on the morning of Australia Day

The annual Invasion Day protest march will be held later in Melbourne's CBD. Pictured: Koomurri dancers watch on as a boat arrives at Walumil Lawns in Sydney on Australia Day

The annual Invasion Day protest march will be held later in Melbourne’s CBD. Pictured: Koomurri dancers watch on as a boat arrives at Walumil Lawns in Sydney on Australia Day

Spectators attend a vigil on the eve of Australia Day, at Barangaroo in Sydney, Saturday, January 25

Spectators attend a vigil on the eve of Australia Day, at Barangaroo in Sydney, Saturday, January 25

Indigenous dancers perform a smoking ceremony during a vigil on the eve of Australia Day

Indigenous dancers perform a smoking ceremony during a vigil on the eve of Australia Day

Torres Strait Islanders perform during a vigil on Saturday

Torres Strait Islanders perform during a vigil on Saturday

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The location, at the Kings Domain Resting Place, is the commemorative burial site of 38 Victorian Aboriginal people whose remains were repatriated.

The annual Invasion Day protest march will be held later in Melbourne’s CBD at the same time as the city’s official Australia Day Parade.

More than 2,000 people will be part of the official parade, celebrating the state’s cultural diversity.

Before the parade, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Victorian Governor General Linda Dessau and others will attend an official flag raising ceremony.

Aboriginal Elders perform a cleansing ceremony at Barangaroo in Sydney

Aboriginal Elders perform a cleansing ceremony at Barangaroo in Sydney

Spectators watch on during a performance on the eve of Australia Day

Spectators watch on during a performance on the eve of Australia Day

Protesters take part in an Invasion Day Rally on Australia Day in Sydney on Australia Day, 2019

Protesters take part in an Invasion Day Rally on Australia Day in Sydney on Australia Day, 2019

Celebrations will roll on with the annual Australia Day Festival at Kings Domain Gardens from 11am and evening entertainment at the Docklands.

Musicians Mitch Tambo, Mantra and Tanya George will be among performers.

A fireworks show originally planned for the event was cancelled earlier this month because staff at Parks Victoria – which support the display – have been flat out dealing with the state’s bushfire crisis.

Police are maintaining a strong presence on the roads as part of a long weekend operation aimed at preventing deaths, particularly those fuelled by drink and drug driving.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend a dawn service marking what they say is Invasion Day. Pictured: A boy at a vigil on the eve of Australia Day on Saturday

Hundreds of people are expected to attend a dawn service marking what they say is Invasion Day. Pictured: A boy at a vigil on the eve of Australia Day on Saturday

 

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