Melbourne, Australia ● Thu, January 27 2022
Thousands rallied against the mistreatment of indigenous people across Australia on Wednesday as citizenship ceremonies took place to mark the country’s national day intended to celebrate the birth of modern Australia.
The Jan. 26 public holiday marks the date the British fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour in 1788 to start a penal colony, viewing the land as unoccupied despite encountering settlements. But for many indigenous Australians, who trace their lineage on the continent back 50,000 years, it is Invasion Day.
Many protesters at rallies across cities dressed in black to mourn the day, with some carrying the Aboriginal flag and “change the date” signs. Some protests were organized online amid concerns of surging COVID-19 cases.
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