Former Neighbours star Meyne Wyatt has addressed large crowds at a protest demanding justice for Aboriginal people who have died in custody.
The national day of action comes days before April 15 – which marks 30 years since a Royal Commission handed down more than 330 recommendations into Aboriginal deaths in custody.
“Recommendation after recommendation being ignored completely,” Mr Wyatt chanted at large crowds outside Sydney’s Town Hall on Saturday afternoon.
“You sick of hearing about racism? I’m sick of f**king talking about it,” he yelled.
It comes as actors in the long-running soap Neighbours came forward with allegations of racism on the set of the iconic Australian show.
Aboriginal actor Shareena Clanton was the first actor to make detailed allegations of racism on the series earlier this week.
Production company Fremantle issued a statement in response to the claims.
“Neighbours strives to be a platform for diversity and inclusion on-screen and off-screen. Our quest is always to continue to grow and develop in this area and we acknowledge that this is an evolving process,” a spokesperson said.
Thousands gathered at meeting points in Alice Springs, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday afternoon.
About 1000 people listened to speeches at Parliament House on Spring Street in Melbourne, where federal Indigenous Greens Party senator Lydia Thorpe addressed the crowd.
“You say justice, we say murder,” she chanted to crowds before they then marched through the streets towards Flinders Street Station.
An Aboriginal flag flown at half mast in memory of Prince Phillip at Parliament House in Melbourne was condemned by some people in the large crowd and on social media.
One Twitter user quipped: “The Aboriginal flag being flown at half mast for Prince Philip while Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and allies rally to end Black deaths in custody is all you need to know about this country.”
The nationwide protests on Saturday followed the deaths of five Aboriginal people in custody since March this year.
Australians also took the streets then where Wurundjeri leaders led protests and mourned for Aboriginal lives lost in police custody.
The traditional custodians of the land also expressed solidarity with the US Black Lives Matter movement and the family of George Floyd, who suffocated on a Minneapolis street under the knee of a police officer.