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Protesters against the forced closure of Aboriginal communities march in Lismore on March 19.

A street march against the forced closure of Aboriginal communities which was to be held at Tweed Heads today has been cancelled due to wet weather but organisers have urged people to ‘march online’ through a ‘virtual’ protest.

Leweena Williams, from the Tweed-Byron Aboriginal Land Council, said the ‘ the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities’ march would be re-scheduled to a later date and a notice would be circulated in coming days about it.

Ms Williams apologised for any inconvenience.

She told Echonetdaily that people could participate in the virtual protest by:

1. Taking a photo of you and your group holding a sign, banner or message

2. Add the hashtags #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA, #NOconsent#Lifestylechoice

3.Upload the pics/tag to the following links: @sosblakaust, @sosblakaustralia and/or www.facebook.com/sosblakaustralia

A similar protest is due in Lismore also today (Friday), as part of more than 70 protests organised around Australia ,and the second time supporters of both Tweed and Lismore communities take to the streets (or online) to vent their anger at state and federal government moves to withdraw services to 150 remote Aboriginal communities.

The marches are part of a global call to action, with protests and marches also being organised in New Zealand, Los Angeles and across Europe.

Lismore protesters are set to gather at the Browns Creek carpark from 4.30pm today for a march around the central business district at 5pm.


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