Nine-year-old Harper Nielsen's anthem protest attracts world attention

<pre><pre>Nine-year-old Harper Nielsen's anthem protest attracts world attention

The Australian schoolgirl who refused to stand up during the singing of the national anthem in the assembly out of respect for the indigenous population is receiving international applause and attention from the global media.

The international protest of the Harper Nielsen anthem has been compared to the kneeling protest of NFL star and US social justice activist Colin Kaepernick.

After receiving media coverage across the country, his "brave" but "controversial" protest is now being reported by numerous news agencies in the United Kingdom and the United States, including the BBC and CNN.

"The Australian schoolgirl Harper Nielsen generates national controversy about the national anthem of the country," said the head of The Washington Times.

The Washington Post wrote that the protest of the girl's anthem "is an echo" of Kaepernick's kneeling protest against police brutality.

In 2016, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback sat down during the playing of the national anthem in a game.

When asked why he told the media: "I'm not going to get up to show pride in the flag of a country that oppresses blacks and people of color."

Field quarterback Colin Kaepernick went down on his knees while playing the national anthem of the USA. UU To protest against racism.

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Harper, who is in her fourth year, said she was arrested and threatened to suspend her after refusing to stand up and sing Australia's anthem at the Kenmore South State School in Brisbane, Queensland.

"I'm not just someone who obeys the rules of the elderly only because they are older," said the nine-year-old girl during one of the many interviews she gave on Wednesday.

His parents insisted they had no influence over his daughter's actions, however, several politicians were not convinced.

One Nation senator Pauline Hanson called Harper a "brat," while Queensland education education minister Jarrod Bleijie criticized Harper's parents and called his daughter's actions a "silly protest." "

Pauline Hanson

Pauline Hanson.

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Harper said the national anthem ignored the indigenous peoples of Australia.

"It says & # 39; Advance Australia Fair & # 39; and when it was originally written, it meant advancing in Australia for white-skinned people," he told SBS News.

"And when he says 'we're young' it means he ignores the indigenous Australians who were here before the English for more than 50,000 years."

Harper said he had chosen to take a public position on the issue at his school "because I feel this is the right thing to do and will help raise awareness about the issue."

The Queensland Department of Education has denied that the student has been threatened with suspension.

"At no time did the school suggest that the student would be suspended or excluded for refusing to participate in the national anthem," a department spokesman said in a statement.

"The school has been respectful of the student's wishes and has provided other alternatives, such as staying out of the room or not singing during the national anthem," the statement said.