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“Australia Day” – Aborigines take sides and protest against independence


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A simple popular celebration for some, Australia’s National Day on January 26 is rejected by Aboriginal peoples and increasingly by allies because the day was chosen to mark the start of colonialism.

It is a national celebration that should celebrate the best of the country. It’s also a painful date. Every January 26, when festivities are in full swing in Australia, First Nations across the country march to remember that this day above all marks the beginning of colonialism. And in processions, many non-tribals now support them.

On the floor, a blue tarpaulin is covered with cardboard panels. Kneeling, a handful of young environmentalists use the colors of the tribal flag: red for earth, black for men and yellow for the sun. In the process of writing, a slogan dictates: “Cancel the date!” Shunned, activists say they simply want to march “by unity” And “Because the fight against global warming goes hand in hand with social justice”. So they support it “naturally” Their aboriginal brethren, even if they do not know what this date corresponds to.

“Seeing and Hearing Pain”

Iconoclastic author of “The Unofficial History of Australia” (Kirt, not translated), David Hunt confirms this ignorance liberation According to him, when asked this question, many Australians would respond: “As far as I know… bring us another beer instead!” More seriously, he explains: “Australia Day commemorates arrival [en 1788] Governor Arthur Phillip of the First Fleet’s flagship hoisted the flag at Sydney Temple.