About 3,500 people have gathered in Melbourne to show “solidarity” to the Black Lives Matter movement, following a recent outbreak of racial-fuelled violence in the United States.
Crowds gathered on the stairs of the State Library of Victoria about 12:00pm amid a strong police presence, including the riot squad, but the march was peaceful.
Organisers said the march was in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, which gathered momentum following a number of fatal shootings involving black Americans and police.
The death of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, both at the hands of officers, triggered a wave of protests over police treatment of minorities.
Anger over the shootings was believed to be the reason behind the killing of five white police officers during a protest in Dallas.