17.6 C
Australia
Sunday, October 25, 2020

Mass ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests held in Australia

Must read

Journey bubble chaos: WA authorities knew New Zealand passengers had been coming

Police and well being authorities knew an “difficulty was going to be arising” with New Zealand travellers coming to Western Australia, with some...

Hotel quarantine: WA Premier bites back at NSW counterpart

Premier Mark McGowan has hit back at suggestions WA should repay NSW for the cost of quarantining its residents, saying the call is...
The Indian Telegraphhttps://theindiantelegraph.com.au/
Established in 2007, The Indian Telegraph is a multi award winning digital media company based in Australia.

Tens of thousands of people staged mass Black Lives Matter protests across Australia on Saturday in support of the movement.

Mass 'Black Lives Matter' protests
Mass ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests

The protests were not only against the May 25 police custody death of the unarmed African-American man George Floyd, but they also highlighted the mistreatment and marginalisation of Australia’s Aboriginal people, reports the BBC.

Banners reading “I can’t breathe” remembered the words of Floyd before his death, while another said: “Same story, different soil”.

The Sydney protest had been ruled unlawful on Friday by the New South Wales (NSW) Supreme Court under coronavirus social distancing rules.

But organisers took the case to the state court of appeal and it overturned the ban on Saturday afternoon, just 15 minutes before the scheduled start.

The protest was authorised for 5,000 people. Health ministry directions would normally prohibit public gatherings of more than 10 people.

Organisers across Australia encouraged those attending rallies to use hand sanitisers and observe social distancing.

Images showed that although the majority of demonstrators have been wearing face coverings, many of the protesters have been close together.

The chief health official in the state of Victoria said it was “not the time to be having large gatherings” and police have threatened to fine organisers and those breaking social distancing rules.

Rallies have also been organised in Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and elsewhere, reports the BBC.

Many of the demonstrators in Brisbane were wrapped in indigenous flags.

No police officer has ever been held criminally responsible for an Aboriginal death in custody.

Indigenous people comprise almost 30 per cent of Australian inmates but less than 3 per cent of the national population, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Latest article

Cairns Showfest: Horror video after woman falls from Hangover ride

Video footage captured the horror of bystanders when a woman fell more than 30 metres from a ride at a show in Cairns....

SYDNEY AQUARIUM: Clownfish dubbed ‘Emo Nemos’ welcomed to Sea Life

While these cute baby clownfish look similar to what we saw in Disney’s animated Finding Nemo, these special creatures are a little different....

Coronavirus Victoria: Lockdown easing could be delayed over school cluster

Premier Daniel Andrews has dropped a worrying hint the government could hold back on easing some lockdown restrictions as a coronavirus cluster linked...

Dundurrabin crash: Mum charged with drink driving after child seriously injured

A woman has been charged with dangerous and drink driving after her daughter was critically injured in a crash in northern New South...

COVID-19: FIFO workers allegedly breached Western Australia’s strict quarantine measures

A FIFO worker in WA repeatedly ignored the state’s tough quarantine measures to meet another worker and then fought with police when confronted....