Hundreds protest against WA community closures in Sydney, Melbourne

Posted on 06/06/2019 / Posted by admin / Category 深圳桑拿网

A large protest opposing the closure of remote indigenous communities in WA has shut down streets in central Melbourne.

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Several thousand people gathered outside the city’s main railway station Flinders Street at 4pm.

“Enough is enough – where is the justice for Aboriginal people?” a speaker shouted to the crowd before the walk through CBD streets, flanked by police.

The rally forced the closure of Flinders and Elizabeth streets, where surrounding streets soon became clogged with cars and trams forced to stop.

Rally goers gathered again outside Flinders Street station, blocking the intersection, just on 5pm.

Police, on foot and on riot horses, followed the marchers all the way. Jason Maxwell, 31 of South East Dandenong Ranges, was among the protesters.

“I disagree, strongly disagree, in selling out on the aboriginal communities just for money,” Mr Maxwell told AAP.

He said the WA and Federal governments should recognise the importance of the link between indigenous people and their lands, and it was wrong to describe this as a lifestyle choice.

“It is the worst thing that a modern government could ever say,” Mr Maxwell said.

“It’s a political tool to separate us, and I think it is wrong.” The protesters did not enjoy universal support, with a heckler heard to shout “move over to WA”. 

A similar rally is also underway in Sydney at Belmore Park.

Shutting #Melbourne down – stop the forced closures. #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA pic.twitter深圳桑拿,/VR0gTPDMVr

— AYCC (@AYCC) April 10, 2015

Beautiful work Melbourne. Thousands protesting against forced closure of #Aboriginal communities. #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA pic.twitter深圳桑拿,/jzqBzEVRvA

— Kon Karapanagiotidis (@Kon__K) April 10, 2015

Flinders St’s packed listening to Indigneous speaker talk about history genocide in Aust. #auspol#SOSBLAKAUSTRALIApic.twitter深圳桑拿,/hUqF5iTvhg

— Ahmed Yussuf (@ahmedyussuf10) April 10, 2015

The beautiful people of Melbourne have shut down the city. #StopAusGenocide #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA #auspol #treaty pic.twitter深圳桑拿,/NJITmEnWSN

— WACA (@akaWACA) April 10, 2015

Flinders St in Melbourne is beautiful right now. 5000 ppl against the closure of Aboriginal communities. Get there! pic.twitter深圳桑拿,/sDvc90hwdd

— Nazeem Hussain (@nazeem_hussain) April 10, 2015

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