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Vow to continue Adelaide BLM rallies

By AAP Newswire

Organisers of the Black Lives Matter protest in Adelaide have vowed to stage as many rallies as it takes to force governments to act against systemic racism.

At the second rally in the SA capital on Saturday, coordinator Natasha Wanganeen said Indigenous people were fighting for their lives.

"And that means every day, every second week, every month we're going to do this," she said.

"If people come, it proves to Aboriginal Australia how much they care about their brothers and sisters who have looked after this land for over 200,000 years."

About 1000 people gathered in Victoria Square calling for an end to Aboriginal deaths in custody and for justice over the death of American man George Floyd, who died while being arrested in Minneapolis in May.

It came after a similar rally last month attracted more than 5000 people.

Ms Wanganeen noted the smaller crowd and said more people needed to attend future events if they wanted to bring about change.

"If people think that coming to one protest is going to solve things, no. We need them at every protest," she said.

Speaker Chanceline Kakule said she experienced racism since she attended school after moving to Australia from Zambia 10 years ago.

"My siblings and I were the first of our complexion ... and when you're younger you don't realise it's racism," Ms Kakule told AAP.

"We moved from Tasmania to Geelong, then to Mount Gambier and we moved a lot because it's about finding that sense of connection and feeling of home.

"Growing up, I'm more aware of racism and it's great that people are wanting to talk about it."

The 21-year-old now runs an anti-racism group called Erased in Mount Gambier, in the SA's southeast, which teaches young immigrants and refugees about racism at schools and public events through storytelling.

Saturday's rally was approved by health officials after its organisers submitted COVID-19 management plans.

Most who attended wore masks while organisers made hand sanitiser available and urged the crowd to socially distance.

Assistant Commissioner Paul Dickson said the interactions between the police and protesters were excellent.

"Today is a prime example of how successfully the community and the police can come together to achieve a common goal," he said.

"I am very pleased to say that there were no incidents of note".