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"What do we want? Justice!" - 15,000 take to Meanjin's streets in solidarity for Invasion Day

Joseph Guenzler -

On Friday, approximately 15,000 rallied together in solidarity on the Meanjin streets in protest of Australia Day, better known as Invasion Day.

In typical Queensland fashion, crowds met despite the extreme heat and humidity to hear the voices of the mob, who also made poignant calls to "Free Palestine and West Papua".

Members of the Palestinian community were welcomed on stage to speak in unity with Indigenous Australians. (Image: Joseph Guenzler)

Many speakers and activists such as Uncle Lionel, William Sim, Amy McGuire, Dr Chelsea Watego, Ruby Wharton and Uncle Wayne Warton took to the stage to share stories and songs, speak out against police brutality, empower Indigenous people, and pay respects to those who have fought and fallen for the rights of First Nations people.

Massive crowds flooded the streets of South Brisbane to stand in solidarity on Invasion Day. (Image: Joseph Guenzler)

The march commenced at Queens Gardens in Meanjin/Brisbane CBD, traversing the William Jolly Bridge, proceeding through South Brisbane, and concluding at Musgrave Park—an important gathering site for Meanjin's First Nations communities.

The streets of Meanjin were echoing with chants such as;

"No justice - no peace, no racist police"

"Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land"

"How do you spell racist? Q-P-S"

"What do we want? - Justice! When do we want it? Now!"

Community members danced and performed upon arrival at Musgrave Park. (Image: Joseph Guenzler)

Upon reaching Musgrave Park, participants were greeted with music from local First Nations artists, along with provisions of food and drinks.

Invasion Day protests unfolded across various major cities and towns nationwide.


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