“We cannot accept that anymore. We don’t want to feel terrified in our own ngurra, our own home,” he said.
Protesters at Sydney’s Town Hall on Saturday, 18 June, 2022. Source: SBS News
Unions and other Indigenous leaders have backed the marches, with the Australian Services Union’s South Australia and Northern Territory branch pointing to the numbers of Aboriginal deaths in custody since the 1991 Royal Commission.
“Over 500 First Nations people have died in custody since then,” the union said.
Protesting in Sydney were Darlene Mason and Mark Mason Jnr whose father Mark Mason was shot by police in a remote Indigenous community in 2010. Credit: SBS News
Protesters in Sydney carried photos of people who had died in police custody and criticised the media’s coverage of Indigenous issues, including hosting racist reader comments on articles.
“Whether it be our children or our women or our men, all the worst is thought of us, you know, and the worst punishments are dished out to us.”
Auntie Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor rallying against gun use in Indigenous communities, Sydney 18 June, 2022.
Auntie Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor, a Gadigal/Bidgigal/Yuin Elder, also called on police to end gun violence against Indigenous people.
“There needs to be better training for the police and they should understand our history and how to communicate with Aboriginal people.”
In Alice Springs, protesters marked 15 years since the NT Intervention.