Australia Day celebrated amid ‘Invasion Day’ protests

Australia Day celebrations are under way, marking the anniversary of the beginning of modern Australia – although thousands are attending “Invasion Day” protests instead.

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Image caption A Royal Australian Navy warship took part in the event, which marks the arrival of 11 British ships at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788.
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Image caption Millions are celebrating the national day with parties, parades or barbecues.
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Image caption Citizenship ceremonies have been held for 16,000 people, including this family receiving flags from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
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Image caption Indigenous dancers have taken part in ceremonies marking the day.
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Image caption There was a Tall Ships Race in Sydney Harbour.
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Image caption Australia Day is controversial – many feel having the date on the anniversary of British settlers arriving is offensive to indigenous people.
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Image caption Historians estimate tens of thousands of indigenous Australians were killed after European settlers arrived.
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Image caption Campaigners want the national day moved – and 26 January to be called “Invasion Day” instead.
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Image caption The government has refused to change the date, describing it as a day to celebrate all Australians.

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