Australians celebrated and protested the anniversary of British colonial rule in their country on Wednesday (26/1), a day officially known as Australia Day but considered Invasion Day by Indigenous activists.
Arguments rage over whether history should remember a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts’ cargo, which arrived in Sydney’s Jackson Harbor on 26 January 1788.
The protesters highlighted the fact that at that time the colony of convicts in Europe was built on land taken from the natives without any negotiations. In the absence of any treaty with indigenous peoples, Australia is considered illegal or incompatible with other comparable countries, including the United States, Canada and New Zealand.
A statue of British naval officer James Cook in the city of Melbourne, who discovered and claimed the Sydney coast for the British in 1770, was painted red on Wednesday morning. Leaflets that essentially read “Remove Australia Day” were seen stuck there.
The government celebrates Australia Day by certifying over 16,000 migrants from 150 countries as Australian citizens through over 400 naturalization ceremonies across Australia. Some ceremonies are held on a smaller scale than usual and are done in person. online Due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison presided over the ceremony in the capital, Canberra, and especially thanked someone known as Aunt Violet. Aunt Violet is a tribal leader from the Ngunwal, one of the indigenous tribes of Australia before the Europeans immigrated there. He is one of the few Indigenous peoples willing to recognize Australia Day. [ab/uh]