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'Stolenwealth Games' protests continue on Gold Coast

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Indigenous activists have protested around a Queensland shopping centre, telling motorists "we know you want us to move but we are here to stay".

Indigenous activists affiliated with the 'Stolenwealth Games' movement have protested around a Queensland shopping centre. 

The group began chanting inside the Australia Fair shopping complex in Southport at 3.30pm, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin. 

They then moved onto nearby Scarborough Street, where up to 30 protesters blocked off the road and tram line. 

Police negotiators were called in to end the standoff, as traffic and public transport came to a standstill for 15 minutes. The group moved back into the shopping centre after 4pm, before dispersing.

Protester Samuel Woripa Watson told the Bulletin the group wanted to get their message across. 

“It was a good chance to show them that we’re fighting, we’re resisting police harassment, poor economic conditions,” he said.

Members of the group could be heard over a megaphone telling motorists "we know you want us to move but we are here to stay".

The 'Stolenwealth' group had previously held a protest along the route of the Queen's Baton Relay before the opening ceremony on April 4. 

A representative from the group had told NITV News that the aim of the protests was to create an Australian Truth Commission to acknowledge the sovereignty of Australia’s First Peoples.

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