Indigenous Rights Protestors Close Down Sydney And Melbourne
The #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA campaign turned out in a big way.
Tens of thousands of Australians have come together and shut down Sydney and Melbourne to protest against proposed closures of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.
The #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA campaign saw streets closed and thousands of people flooding the city centres of Sydney and Melbourne on Friday night. Organisers said dozens of other events were held around Australia, including in Adelaide, Alice Springs and Port Hedland.
People are angry at the WA government's moves to shut down 150 remote communities because of the premier's concerns it costs too much to subsidise aboriginal people on their land.
Prime minister Tony Abbott responded by saying that living in remote communities was a "lifestyle choice", further angering many Aboriginal Australians.