Thousands rally for Aboriginal rights, denounce Australia Day

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Thousands rally in Melbourne for Aboriginal rights and to denounce Australia Day.

Rallies have been held across Australia to mark the landing of the First Fleet and the subsequent killing of Indigenous people. 

While many Australians celebrate Australia Day - which marks the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 - many Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders view it as a day of mourning, marking the dispossession of their land, and refer to the day as Invasion Day.

Thousands protested on Tuesday across the states and territories, ABC News has reported

Hundreds marched through Perth as part of Invasion Day rallies denouncing Australia Day and calling for Aboriginal rights.
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Hundreds marched through Perth as part of Invasion Day rallies denouncing Australia Day and calling for Aboriginal rights.

"People celebrate when it's the beginning of the killing of our people, the loss of language, devastation, disease," said Ken Canning, from the Ken Canning from the Indigenous Social Justice Association.

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Several hundred marched to Sydney's Town Hall and gathered to hear speeches outside nearby Australia Hall, were the first national Aboriginal civil rights gathering was held, in 1938. 

Protesters also gathered at the houses of parliament in Melbourne, Brisbane. Perth and Hobart, where more than 500 turned up to call on Premier Will Hodgman to put pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to change the date of Australia's national holiday. 

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