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Glimpses from the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

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Australia celebrated its ancestry and native traditions in a soul-stirring Commonwealth Games opening ceremony but protests by indigenous aboriginals against the very idea of Commonwealth came as a poignant reminder of the unforgotten colonial brutalities.

But the festivities inside could not completely overshadow the protests by aboriginal groups, who raised slogans and blocked the Queen’s Baton Relay for close to an hour at The Spit area of the city.

They protested against the brutalities committed during Britain’s occupation and insisted that the country should have nothing to do with the Commonwealth, given the land and a generation that was “stolen” by the colonial masters.

(With inputs from agencies)

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