Thousands of people demonstrated today, Saturday, in support of the values of racial equality across Australia, despite official warnings that the demonstrations may undermine the country's success in curbing the emerging Corona virus.
In a related context, the largest demonstration took place in the capital of Western Australia, Perth, where several thousand people gathered in a park, holding up signs of "black lives matter" and waving flags of indigenous people.
Smaller protests for indigenous rights were organized in Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, and towns in neighboring Queensland, two regions that contained many indigenous communities.
"We are here to support our future as indigenous peoples and walk against grievances ... that have spoken to our people with more than 400 deaths of blacks while in custody," one of the demonstrators told the broadcaster, "ASC", in Darwin's rally.
With the exception of the Darwin demonstration, which obtained a license, other protests violated official orders against rallies issued three months ago to curb the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.
However, the organizers made efforts to keep the protesters spread over a wide area, while most of them put up masks, and the police did not intervene.
This is the second successive weekend of major protests in Australia, which were initially organized in solidarity with the "Black Life Mounts" movement in the United States in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died of suffocation as a white policeman pressed his knee to his neck during his arrest .
In other cities in Southeast Asia, hundreds gathered at Taipei Park in Thailand with banners bearing slogans such as "This is a movement, not a moment."
Participants knelt on one knee in mourning for the blacks who had been killed by police in the United States and held eight minutes of silence to pay tribute to Floyd.
Dozens also marched in Tokyo in the rain to raise awareness about racial discrimination.