G20 Protests, Brisbane, Australia
The protests at the 1982 Commonwealth games in Brisbane made history as Aboriginal people came all together from all over the country for the abolition of the Aboriginal Protection Act and the Apartheid Legislation. The G20 protests held in Brisbane in 2014 had similar goals.
The list of issues is understandably long, but all the protesters agreed that the international attention can be a positive tool for change. For the Aboriginal community it was an opportunity to speak about their history and connect with others around the world. As the organiser for the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy, Boe Spearim said: “at the end of the day it’s not world leader we want to speak to, it is the other Indigenous and oppressed people around the world we want to open a dialogue with.”