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Huge crowds protest 'Invasion Day'

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It's estimated a record crowd turned out for the Invasion Day demonstration at Hobart's Parliament Lawns on Tuesday. 

A minute's silence was following by numerous speeches by indigenous advocates calling for the date of Australia Day to be changed from January 26th.

"We've been working towards gatherings such as this. We started out with only a handful of people in Launceston and within a decade this is what we've come to," CEO of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Heather Sculthorpe told the rally.

"It's so emotional to see how people are prepared to turn up. So many people lining up and prepared to give up their day, put their bodies forward and say 'we're with you and we know you can win this one'. So with sadness comes great hope," she said. 

There was no march today due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Stalwart environmentalist Bob Brown used his address to call not only for the date of Australia Day to change, but also for constitutional recognition of First Nations people.

"The decent, the honest, the honourable thing. Recognising this is Aboriginal land. Always was and always will be," he said.

Hundreds also gathered at the Devonport Bluff in the North West to protest against the controversial public holiday.

 Image: WIN News Tasmania