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'Standing Proud': Black Lives Matter Rally Hits Sydney

The grassroots movement has descended on Sydney's CBD.

16/07/2016 2:09 PM AEST | Updated 16/07/2016 2:49 PM AEST
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Protesters have turned out in Sydney in support of Black Lives Matter.

Sydneysiders have taken to the city's CBD under the banner of 'Black Lives Matter' to call for an end to racism in Australian society and stand in solidarity with protesters in the US.

The rally is underway on Saturday in the city centre where a crowd has gathered in support of the US grass roots movement, calling out entrenched racism.

In the US, the movement has gained momentum after a number of high-profile deaths exposed the racially-based injustice that many believe is being suffered by African-Americans.

A timeline on the growth of the movement can be viewed here.

The Sydney event also seeks to shine a light on Indigenous issues, especially deaths in custody, and featured speeches delivered from the steps of Sydney's Town Hall.

"We have lost languages, we have lost people, we have lost cultures ... and I for one will not apologise for standing proud," the crowd was told.

The rally has taken place under the watch of police, including mounted officers, according to social media reports.

Thousands of people are expected to turn up at a Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne on Sunday outside the State Library.

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