Lidia Thorpe screams ‘this is WAR’ at Australia Day protest

Dramatic scenes have erupted at Invasion Day rallies across the country, with Greens senator and Indigenous rights campaigner Lidia Thorpe declaring ‘this is war’ to a packed crowd. 

Protesters have taken to the streets in marches organised in every state and territory on Thursday as many are choosing not to mark the national holiday and are protesting January 26 as Australia’s national day of celebration.

In Melbourne, Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe took to the stage at the Victorian Parliament around midday as heaving crowds cheered her on under the scorching heat.

Ms Thorpe, who is an Indigenous woman and the star of Melbourne’s treaty movement, declared war, in the latest example of overheated rhetoric.

‘(It was) a war that was declared on our people more than 200 years ago,” Senator Thorpe said in an extraordinary speech, in which she said black women were still being raped by “them”.

Loud shouts of “shame” met Ms Thorpe’s consecutive declarations, given with red-painted hands…

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