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When Australian athlete Cathy Freeman was invited to light the Olympic bowl of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, she opened the door to a reconciliation between her Aboriginal community and the white majority in Australia. The emotions she aroused around the world stress the suffering of Australia's original inhabitants, who are today confined to the red earth of the country's interior, scorned, despoiled and despised.Other gestures have marked the start of reconciliation. Aborigines were permitted to demonstrate at the arrival of sporting delegations in Sydney, the flag of the community was allowed to be flown inside the stadium and it was with an Aboriginal ritual that the flame for the Paralympic Games was lit before its passage across the country from Canberra to Sydney.
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