January 26, which official marks the day of European colonisation of Australia is a national holiday sanctioned by the Australian government. For the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Australia, it is marked as Invasion Day and/or Survival Day.
In 1936, on the 150th anniversary of European colonisation, when official ceremonies were held around the country to celebrate, courageous members of the Aboriginal Community instead marked the anniversary with a Day of Mourning. This year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities around the country once again held Invasion Day protests and Survival Day events, with the main slogan being: NO PRIDE IN GENOCIDE.
There was a huge turns out around the country at the protests, the biggest we have seen in many years: In Melbourne between 10,000 – 15,000 people joined the protests (the organisers have said up to 20,000). In Sydney, more than 8000 joined the protests and up to 3000 turned out in Brisbane in Queensland. Sizeable turn outs happened in Adelaide and other cities and town around the country.
Here is a video from the Melbourne Invasion Day protests. I have also include photos from the Melbourne rally.
Progressive not-for-profit organisations, Left media and activists are welcome to reuse the photos but please credit me as the photographer (Kim Bullimore) and link to either this blog or my other blog.
In Solidarity, Kim