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If You're In Australia And Want To Support The Black Lives Matter Movement, Here Are All The Protests You Can Attend

Let's come together to take a stand against racism and police brutality.

While the death of George Floyd in police custody took place in America, it's safe to say that many of us around the world are feeling a combined sense of grief, rage and injustice towards police brutality and racism.

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In Australia, this couldn't be more evident in the backlash against a Channel Nine reporter, who implied that Australians don't have the same understanding of a "history of police violence" as Americans do while interviewing protestors.

Dear Native Americans and Black Americans, I am sorry for the ignorant Australian press who fronts up to your rallies not knowing a thing about their own country's history so they can feign superiority. Solidarity. #BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeFloydProtests

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According to The Guardian, more than 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in custody since the end of the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody in 1991.

While we're not able to rally alongside others in America, here are some upcoming protests in Australia you may be interested in attending.

Sydney/Cadi — "Stop All Black Deaths In Custody: Vigil for George Floyd"

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A vigil for George Floyd, David Dungay Jr and all black people who have died in the police custody across the world.

When: Saturday June 6, 3-5 p.m.

Where: 20 Lee Street, Chippendale.

Melbourne/Naarm — "Stop Black Deaths In Custody - Justice For George Floyd #BLM"

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A protest aimed at showing support for George Floyd and the Minneapolis Freedom Fighters and protesting against black deaths in custody.

When: Saturday June 6, 2–5 p.m.

Where: Parliament House steps (1 Spring Street, Melbourne).

Brisbane/Meanjin — "Black Lives Matter Protest"

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A protest inviting people to make their voice heard and to fight for George Floyd.

When: Saturday June 6, 12 p.m.

Where: Queen Street Mall, Brisbane.

Perth/Boorloo — "BLM Support Protest Perth"

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A protest aimed at bringing attention to what is going on in America in terms of Black Lives Matter, as well as to acknowledge that Australia's justice system and the treatment of Indigenous peoples are equally as corrupt and poor.

When: Monday June 1, 5 p.m.

Where: Forrest Chase (200 Murray Street, Perth).

Adelaide/Tarndanyangga — "Adelaide: Solidarity With Minneapolis! Justice For George Floyd"

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A rally protesting police violence, racism and the murder of black people in this country — and in solidarity with those fighting for justice in the USA and with the Aboriginal liberation struggle.

When: Saturday June 6, 12-1:30 p.m.

Where: Northern end of Tarndanyangga (Victoria Square).

If you are planning on joining the protests, the organisers ask that you wear masks, adhere to social distancing and keep things peaceful.

Also stay safe and bring plenty of water.

And if you're unable to attend, here's a great resource outlining other ways to support the George Floyd protests and its message from Australia.

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