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Big numbers of people joined Invasion Day protests across Australia on January 26, making them the largest in recent years. Activists estimate that as many as 200,000 people marched in Melbourne, while more than 10,000 joined protests in Sydney and Brisbane, and thousands more protested in other cities and towns.

Invasion Day mobilisations have been calling for January 26 Australia Day celebrations marking the start of British colonisation to be abolished. In response, a number of local councils have begun holding alternative events on other dates.

Activists expressed solidarity with communities suffering from bushfires and raised money for fire services. One woman spoke about “apocalyptic” scenes as her family home was burned down on her 18th birthday. She invited Prime Minister Scott Morrison to her community and tell them that climate change is not causing the fire storms.

The state government and police have ruled out implementing recommendations made by a coronial inquest into drug-related deaths at music festivals. The inquest recommended introducing pill testing at festivals and an end to sniffer dogs and strip searches.

A protest was held outside BHP's annual shareholders meeting, in Sydney on November 7.

Speakers condemned BHP's climate denial and spoke about the devastating impact bushfires are having in Australia.

The rally was called by Extinction Rebellion.

Hundreds of members of the Chilean community and supporters rallied in Sydney with the iconic Opera House in the background on October 27 in solidarity with the mass protests occurring in Chile right now. Similar protests were held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

Victorian police have exercised extreme violence against activists protesting the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne, spraying large amounts of chemicals on non-violent protesters.

Victorian Police have used maximum aggression to try and prevent activists taking non-violent direct action outside a major mining conference on October 29.

More than 300,000 people across Australia walked out of school and work for the September 20

Environmental activists rallied in Melbourne and Sydney on August 25 in response to fires destroying the Amazon rainforest.

Aboriginal rights activists and supporters marched through Sydney on August 21 demanding justice and for an end to Black deaths in custody.

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