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Australias Black Lives Matter protests in photos – ABC News

Australians around the country took to the streets on Saturday to protest Indigenous deaths in custody.

Protesters took part in demonstrations in every state and territory, which followed protests held around the world in response to the death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in the United States.

The enormous crowds produced striking scenes as crowds gathered in solidarity.

a crowd of people with masks holding black lives matter signs a crowd of people with masks holding black lives matter signs

An estimated 10,000 people turned out in Brisbane for a Black Lives Matter protest.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)

Crowds bearing placards gathered at Sydney Town Hall.Crowds bearing placards gathered at Sydney Town Hall.

Protesters in Sydney gained a late reprieve from the NSW Supreme Court for the legal march to go ahead.(ABC News: Jack Fisher)

people raise their fists and hold up signs while standing on stepspeople raise their fists and hold up signs while standing on steps

The protests extended beyond the capital cities, with people marching against Indigenous deaths in custody in Wyong on the NSW Central Coast.(ABC News: Jake Lapham)

Black Lives Matter protesters gather at Flinders Street Station in MelbourneBlack Lives Matter protesters gather at Flinders Street Station in Melbourne

The families of two Victorians, including Tanya Day who died in police custody, addressed a large crowd in Melbourne’s Flinders Street.(ABC News: Will Jackson)

#BLM is written in skywriting over the Sydney Opera House. #BLM is written in skywriting over the Sydney Opera House.

#BLM was written in skywriting ahead of the Sydney rally.(AAP: James Gourley)

two black women, one wearing a masktwo black women, one wearing a mask

Crowds of people listened to speakers at Belmore Park as part of a Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney.(ABC News: Mridula Amin)

A large crowd at Adelaide's Victoria Square, demonstrating in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.A large crowd at Adelaide's Victoria Square, demonstrating in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

A large crowd at Adelaide’s Victoria Square, demonstrating in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and against Aboriginal deaths in custody.(ABC News: Patrick Martin)

Two men carrying an Aboriginal flag raise their clenched fists.Two men carrying an Aboriginal flag raise their clenched fists.

The protests carried extra significance after the violent arrest of an Indigenous teenager in Sydney this week.(ABC News: Jonathan Hair)

A woman and a man raise their fists towards the air, shouting, as part of a crowd waving placards and Aboriginal flagsA woman and a man raise their fists towards the air, shouting, as part of a crowd waving placards and Aboriginal flags

Adelaide was one of the first cities in the country to host a march.(AAP: Morgan Sette)

Hundreds of people laid down at the intersection of King and Darby StreetsHundreds of people laid down at the intersection of King and Darby Streets

Hundreds of people lie down at the intersection of Newcastle’s King and Darby Streets chanting “I can’t breathe”.(ABC Newcastle: Anthony Scully)

police stand infront of protesters as they spray pepper spray at a woman's face in Central Stationpolice stand infront of protesters as they spray pepper spray at a woman's face in Central Station

While the protests were largely peaceful, police did use pepper spray to disperse a crowd at Sydney’s Central Station.(AAP: James Gourley)

a group of people holding signs and wearing masks a group of people holding signs and wearing masks

It was the second day in a row that protesters had assembled in Canberra.(ABC News: Niki Burnside)

A woman wearing a hat and black lives matter shirt raises her left fist.A woman wearing a hat and black lives matter shirt raises her left fist.

Protesters were supporting Indigenous people and the Black Lives Matter movement.(ABC News: Mridula Amin)

a group of people hold signs at the Black Lives Matter protest in Brisbanea group of people hold signs at the Black Lives Matter protest in Brisbane

The Australian demonstrations followed recent Black Lives Matter protests around world after the death of a black man in police custody in the United States.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)

Indigenous people perform a smoking ceremony at Townsville Indigenous people perform a smoking ceremony at Townsville

Wulgurukaba and Bindal people performed smoke ceremonies and spoke to the 1,000-strong crowd at Townsville on Saturday.(ABC News)

A crowd of people in a park.A crowd of people in a park.

A small crowd also gathered in Hobart.(ABC News: Katri Uibu)

A group of people outside Town Hall. A group of people outside Town Hall.

Scenes at Sydney’s Town Hall on Saturday afternoon.(ABC News: Jack Fisher)

protesters with masks standing with a man yelling in the foregroundprotesters with masks standing with a man yelling in the foreground

Protesters in Wyong rally against Indigenous deaths in custody.(ABC News: Jake Lapham)

A row of police sit on horseback in central Sydney.A row of police sit on horseback in central Sydney.

NSW police say the protesters were “essentially peaceful” and the event ran smoothly.(ABC News: Jonathan Hair)

signs lay on grass in front of people sitting as smoke risessigns lay on grass in front of people sitting as smoke rises

Signs and flags were placed on the grass in Alice Springs as part of a candlelight vigil for George Floyd.(ABC News: Mitchell Abram)

A black protester holds up a sign during the Adelaide Black Lives Matter protestA black protester holds up a sign during the Adelaide Black Lives Matter protest

A protester holds a sign in the rally held in Adelaide on Saturday afternoon.(ABC News: Michael Clements)

Thousands of demonstrators flocked to Sydney's CBD to protest racial injustice at the Black Lives Matter rally. June 6, 2020.Thousands of demonstrators flocked to Sydney's CBD to protest racial injustice at the Black Lives Matter rally. June 6, 2020.

Thousands of demonstrators flocked to Sydney’s CBD to protest racial injustice at the Black Lives Matter rally.(ABC News: Jack Fisher)

A protester holds a sign saying 'too many cops, not enough justice' in front of three police officers.A protester holds a sign saying 'too many cops, not enough justice' in front of three police officers.

Police and protesters wore masks took other measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.(ABC News: Simon Tucci)

An Aboriginal flag is waved in a huge crowd of people in Sydney's CBDAn Aboriginal flag is waved in a huge crowd of people in Sydney's CBD

Huge crowds protested in Sydney’s CBD.(ABC News: Jonathan Hair)

A large crowd outside Flinders Street Station which was lit up in blue lights.A large crowd outside Flinders Street Station which was lit up in blue lights.

The organisers of the Melbourne march will be fined for organising a protest which breached the coronavirus restrictions.(ABC News: Rudy De Santis)

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