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Thousands protest Australia’s national day despite COVID-19 restrictions

Thousands of people gathered in Sydney to protest against the mistreatment of Indigenous people in Australia as the country marked its national day on Tuesday (January 26) on the anniversary of the arrival of the British First Fleet in 1788.

For many Indigenous Australians, who trace their lineage on the continent back 50,000 years, it is regarded as “Invasion Day”.

Authorities warned protesters on Monday (January 25) that people risked getting arrested if they defied state COVID-19 health orders that limit outdoor gatherings to 500 people. In a last-minute compromise with police, thousands were allowed to gather in socially distanced groups in the Sydney CBD, although the annual march was called off.

One person was arrested during the protest, whilst four were arrested during a skirmish with police after the protest had ended.

(Reuters)

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