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Issue #1629      March 5, 2014

Invasion Day in Brisbane

Murri Families locked out of the Australia Day celebration

Sunday January 26, Brisbane: A Rally and march was held in Brisbane to commemorate Invasion Day and remember the elders who struggled to resist this invasion and conquest by British Imperialism.

The rally started at 10am at parliament House.

A number of militant speeches were made including issues of making the G20 event in Brisbane in November this year an event for Aboriginal issues to be strongly put forward.

Around 12 noon the march started towards Musgrave Park. Stops were made at Premier Newman’s office on the way, calling on him to hand over wages stolen from Aboriginal workers over the years. At the top of Queen Street mall a group of ultra-right thugs from the Australia First Party tried to interfere with the march. They were quickly confronted and were forced to make a very rapid retreat.

At the same time the intersection of Queen and George Streets was turned into a performance venue where Murri kids performed traditional dances to the throbbing sounds of the didgeridoo. They received a great reception from the surprised onlookers.

The march proceeded to South Bank where the “official” Australia Day ceremony was being held. We wished to proceed to Musgrave Park via South Bank. However gates and police prevented us from entering from the cultural centre. Dances, music and speeches were performed here with hundreds of onlookers from the bus terminal. After we had asked repeatedly to enter the Australia Day ceremony we marched again into Stanley Street. Another gate and fence and even more police stopped us entering the South Bank Parklands and the Australia Day celebration.

A speaker from the South Bank Corporation read a statement that the march of Aboriginal families was banned from the park.

We then proceeded to Musgrave where the sacred fire was relit and a smoking ceremony held. At 4pm the premier of the John Pilger film Utopia was held. Hundreds of people were crammed into the large hall and many could not get in. The film was very well received.

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