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Marchers make their way to Flagstaff Hill in March. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Marchers make their way to Flagstaff Hill in March. Picture: ROBERT PEET

After the March In March and March In May attracted huge headlines and brought thousands of Australians into the streets, the movement will again demonstrate this weekend.

The March In August will pop up in 30 cities across the country, with a Wollongong march planned for Sunday.

March organiser Nat Harris said the Illawarra event, from Thomas Dalton Park to Flagstaff Hill, was a non-partisan gathering for participants to protest whatever issues they opposed.

“People need to stand up and talk about what they think should happen in this country,” Mr Harris said.

“Everyone comes for their own reason. The last marches had Labor and Greens supporters, but also a lot of Liberal supporters.”

Up to 2000 people attended the March In March, and Mr Harris said with recent furore over the federal budget, the asylum seeker debate and education reforms, he expected a similar number for Sunday’s demonstration.

“The majority of people in that first march were families, not the typical students or young people you would expect,” he said.

“People are interested in politics, but they might be put off if they don’t know anyone else going to a protest. With the march, people just joined in along the way from the beach or cafes when they saw it happening.”

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