Tens of thousands of Australians rallied on Saturday (June 6) in solidarity with U.S. protests against police brutality -- after authorities in one area lifted a ban on the gatherings under the country's social-distancing rules.
A last-minute appeal at the New South Wales Court of Appeal allowed a rally in Sydney, where several thousand people marched chanting, "Black Lives matter." Protesters took to the city’s main train station, among a heavy police presence.
Some were seen dousing liquid in their eyes after being pepper-sprayed by authorities.
Inspired by the death of George Floyd - who died in Minneapolis after a white policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes - Australians were also calling all for an end to police mistreatment of indigenous Australians.
The protests came despite earlier requests from authorities to stay home and obey social-distancing rules which allow only for small groups to gather outside.
But after the court ruling, the New South Wales police urged people via Twitter to "keep a safe physical distance," saying they were there to "facilitate" people's movement.
More than 10,000 people rallied in Brisbane, according to police estimates, with many protesters wrapped in indigenous flags.
Many protesters wore black masks with handwritten "I can't breathe" signs on them - Floyd's last words, which have become a rallying cry worldwide for the "Black Lives Matter" movement.
Country singer Dolly Parton is making it clear that she supports the Black Lives Matter movement. In 2018, she changed the name of the Dixie Stampede to just Stampede. This was after she became aware that the term "Dixie" is associated with the Confederacy. "When they said 'Dixie' was an offensive word, I thought, 'Well, I don't want to offend anybody." Other country bands such as Lady Antebellum and The Dixie Chicks also changed their names.
Does country music legend Dolly Parton support the Black Lives Matter movement? Her answer is a no-brainer. “I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,” the 74-year-old star recently told Billboard, sharing her support for the ongoing movement but admitting that she hasn’t attended any protests. “And of course Black lives matter.
Australian TV host Neil Breen is dishing about his “bizarre” experience interviewing Ellen DeGeneres for Australia's “Today” show in 2013. According to Fox News Breen had several complaints about interviewing Degeneres. Among the complaints employees is that producers often had strict rules about interacting with her. Ellen was initially going to co-host the morning talk show. Producers kept changing the plans to the point where she would not even come to Sydney, where the show is filmed.
A British man jailed for the gruesome murder of a teenager in Australia has been deported to the UK after being granted parole from his life sentence. Christopher Clark Jones, 36, was convicted in 2007 of murdering Morgan Shepherd, 17, after a drunken argument at a home in Brisbane.
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