[PHOTOS] Sydney: March against forced closures of Aboriginal communities

Placard at the Sydney rally and march against forced closures of Aboriginal communities. Photo: Peter Boyle.

About 800 people rallied at Sydney Town Hall Square on June 28 as part of the third #SOSBlakAustralia global mobilisation against the threatened forced closures of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia and elsewhere. Protest actions also took place in other cities around the country, and in some cities overseas, over the same weekend.

The protesters then marched through city streets to the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy, stopping at several intersections to hear fiery speeches and for performances of traditional Aboriginal dances. At the Railway Square junction, the police threatened to send in the "riot squad" but the crowd defiantly shouted out: "No, no, no!"

The marchers also stopped for speeches outside the offices of Diecorp (the corporate developer of the historic Redfern Block).

Later, the protesters were given a clenched fist salute by Auntie Jenny Munro and other Aboriginal leaders when they arrived at the tent embassy for a concert.

Photos below by Peter Boyle.

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