Australia Day Protest Prompts Lockdown at Gabba Venue During West Indies Test

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On Friday, during the pink-day Test between Australia and the West Indies at the Gabba, a lockdown occurred due to a security breach. Invasion Day protesters gathered outside Gate 2 with signs reading “No Justice, No Sport.” Two protesters entered through Gate 1, leading to a brief lockdown. Broadcasters Channel 7 and Foxtel, along with staff inside the Gabba, were instructed to leave, but the lockdown lasted only about ten minutes. A protester with an Aboriginal flag entered the field during the first over and was escorted off by security. The incident followed a morning protest in Brisbane’s CBD calling for a change in Australia Day’s date. CA’s decision to schedule the Test on January 26 received both criticism and support, with CEO Nick Hockley emphasizing the organization’s efforts to be sensitive and respectful.

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