Thousands attend Invasion Day rallies across Australia

Thousands have marched in “Invasion Day” protests in each capital city across the nation, to fight for Indigenous rights and for the date of Australia Day to be changed. 
While January 26 is formally recognised as marking the date Captain Arthur Phillip’s raised the British flag at Sydney Cove in 1788, it has become a painful reminder for many Indigenous communities.

Sydney’s protests, held on Gadigal land, are having huge turn outs with thousands marching through CBD streets.

Australia Day protests have a huge turn out in Sydney as residents fight for the rights of Indigenous people. (Nine)

Many protestors are holding signs and wearing t-shirts saying “always was, always will be Aboriginal land”.

Some Indigenous protesters are calling for a “no” vote on the Voice referendum, demanding that Indigenous sovereignty not be granted by a vote from a mostly non-Indigenous population.

Melbourne’s protests were held on Naarm land at Parliament House on Spring Street.

Melbourne protests and speeches at Parliament House on Australia Day. (Nine)

Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe said Aboriginal Australians deserved “real power and action”.

“They want to put the colonial constitution on top of the oldest constitution on the planet. Our constitution comes from the soil,” she said.

Brisbane’s Meanjin Invasion Day protest had thousands gather at Queens Gardens.

It’s billed as a chance to “remind the city we don’t celebrate genocide”.

Brisbane’s Meanjin Invasion Day protest began at 10am in Queens Gardens. (Nine)

Adelaide’s Survival Day march began at midday and will finish at 4.30pm at Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square), in the city.

Perth’s Invasion Day protest is set for midday on Forrest Chase in the city.

In Tasmania the Nipaluna Invasion Day march started at at 198 Elizabeth Street before heading to the Parliament Lawns for a midday rally, which is pushing to change the date.

Despite the protests, polling suggests the majority of Australians believe we should have Australia Day on January 26.

Thousands attend beaches and protests in divided Australia Day

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