Clashes Reported in Australia against Celebration for Colonization

Not a celebration

VIOLENCE flared between police and those protesting Australia's so-called "Invasion Day" after a man was spotted trying to set fire to the country's flag.

Tens of thousands of people - many wearing the black, yellow and red colours of the aboriginal flag - gathered in Melbourne, The Age newspaper reported, while thousands more took to the streets of Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. She was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital as a precaution.

"The iconic Australia Day images of people adorning various flag paraphernalia, parades, boozy BBQs and bikini-clad girls on beaches shows complete disregard for the Indigenous lives, lands and languages that were lost as a result of the British invasion of this country and the persisting inequalities that exist", writes mixed, Indigenous professor Chelsea Bond.

A police officer has been injured and a 20-year-old man arrested after clashes between police and protesters turned violent at an anti-Australia Day march through inner city Sydney. "A woman who was participating in the march also sustained minor injuries", a spokeswoman for the New South Wales Police told the news website.

But some were said to be unhappy with Barak's warning, with one anonymous staff member reportedly accusing seniors of "pushing a political agenda" to "placate a vocal minority".

The crowd was told that while Australia Day was one of sorrow for many Aboriginal people, it was important to come together as a community. Police described the march as peaceful, with no arrests.

The protests called for changing the day from Australia Day to Invasion Day, a point contested by the country's right-wing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

How do Aboriginal people feel? One senator described those calling for the holiday's date to be changed as "left-wing activists and latte-sipping apologists". For those objecting to Australia Day celebrations, I encourage you to consider the aforementioned problems and ask yourself: "How will changing the name or the date help those who are suffering most?"

Possibly. There are growing calls for the date to be changed to better reflect the sensitivities of Aboriginal Australians.

While at least half of the crown was non-indigenous, the front of the marching column consisted of mostly indigenous protesters.They carried placards, didgeridoos, makeshift spears and clapping sticks, walking through a strong police presence.

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