Orange Ribbon - Australia

Australia

  • In Australia, orange ribbons are worn annually on March 21st to support Harmony Day and the message of a harmonious multicultural society. First organized in 1996, by the next year the 'Orange Ribbon' was embraced by thousands of people across Australia and was worn by members of the all sides of politics at the 1997 Australia Day celebrations in capital cities Australia-wide.
Orange ribbons were also worn on Fridays in support of the release of Australian citizen David Matthew Hicks during his detention in Guantanamo Bay for 5 years without charge. It was originally an initiative called 'Orange Fridays' supported by Amnesty International, demanding that David Hicks be returned to Australia to face a fair trial or be released.

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    Alex Atkinson, British humor writer. repr. In Present Laughter, ed. Alan Coren (1982)

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