Hundreds of peaceful protesters stood in silent vigil at Princes Square on Saturday night for a demonstration against discrimination and police brutality against people of colour (POC).
Organiser and Palawa social worker Bianca Templar said she was in awe of the turnout, with about 300 people physically attending the vigil and another 100 people tuning in through a livestream.
"It really breaks that assumption people have that Tasmania's a very reserved state ... if you can get 400 people in such a small part of the state to turn up to an event like this, that's amazing and it just shows the change that's occurring."
Speakers at the event included Aboriginal Elder Aunty Wendal, youth activist Amelia Pond and Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania chairman Michael Mansell.
Ms Pond said no matter how "woke" white people think they are, sometimes they need reminders they're beneficiaries of a system designed to lift them up and hold everyone else back.
"Black folks don't need a white knight, they don't need us to lead them or speak for them," she said.
"They need us to listen to them, to check other white folks when they're being racist. They need us to use our privileges to make way for them - those may seem like small things but when done consistently they go a really long way."
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Mr Mansell said in his speech that it was "tremendous to see on such a cold June day so many people in Launceston turn out at short notice to show their moral support for this real issue that's going on, not only in America, but here in Australia as well."
He cited the issues surrounding the dismantling of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre's legal service in 2015 after not received Commonwealth funding.
Mr Mansell also spoke about the Indigenous children under the age of 13 being strip-searched by police in 2019.
"If members of the public did it, we'd be called 'paedophiles', we'd be charged with assault and those children would be protected.
"So why is it the law in Tasmania allows police and other officials to strip-search children and have no charges laid against them? It's not a level playing field."
Ms Templar said it was important stories raised by the speakers were told.
"Not only does it educate the wider community, but it reminds people within our own community that they are not alone," she said.
"We didn't want to do a protest, we wanted to do a vigil because we wanted to focus on the lives that have been lost and have conversations about what we can do."
Protests have swept the world regarding police violence against POC, sparked by the alleged murder of George Floyd by an officer in Minneapolis, USA.
In respect for Mr Floyd, an 8 minute and 46 second moment of silence was held at Princes Square - this was the amount of time the charged police officer held his knee to the neck of Mr Floyd, as captured on video.
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, hand santiser and face masks were available for attendees and social distancing was enforced.
Ms Templar said the vigil was approved by the Department of Health and City of Launceston Council.
Bass MHR Bridget Archer said provided common sense and social distancing measures were adhered to, people had a right to engage in peaceful protests.