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Let the games begin!

The Duke of Edinburgh opens The Commonwealth Games in 1982, Brisbane, Australia.

At the time there were many demonstrations as Aboriginal Australians and their supporters campaigned for land rights. The two "figures in black" are Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen who was Premier of the State of Queensland and his Police Minister Russ Hinze, leaders at the time of a state government which was decidedly unsympathetic to the land rights cause.