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This Is Where National Protests Against Deaths In Custody Are Happening This Weekend

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In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, days of action are being held around the country this Saturday, April 10.

The marches have been planned for some time, however, they are now also being held in protest for and solidarity with the families of the five First Nations people who have died in police custody since March 2.

The most recently death was that of a 45-year-old male inmate at Perth’s Casuarina Prison last week. Their death was the fifth in four weeks.

 

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It's been 30 years, and 500 deaths in custody, since the commission laid out its recommendations -- and it’s clear that not enough has changed or been done to stop First Nations peoples from being killed in the hands of police and correctional services.

So, on April 10, national days of action are being held in the Eora (Sydney), Naarm (Melbourne), Meanjin (Brisbane), Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Bundjalung (Lismore, NSW), and Whadjuk (Perth) nations.


Eora (Sydney)

When: Saturday, April 10 -- 1pm

Where: Sydney Town Hall

Naarm (Melbourne)

When: Saturday, April 10 -- 1pm

Where: Steps of Parliament House

Meanjin (Brisbane)

When: Saturday, April 10 -- 10am

Where: King George Square

Mparntwe (Alice Springs)

When: Saturday, April 10 -- 11am

Where: Court Lawns

Bundjalung (Lismore, NSW)

When: Saturday, April 10 -- 12pm

Where: Lismore Environment Centre

Whadjuk (Perth)

When: Thursday, April 15 -- 12pm

Where: Forrest Place

Junkee will be updating this article if more protests are planned.


To those attending: Remember to wear masks and keep social distance to protect Mob who may be immunocompromised. Please don't attend if you're feeling unwell or have been in close contact with someone who is.

National days of action are a chance for everyone to stand in solidarity and protest the ongoing unjust deaths of Blakfellas in custody. Behave safely and civilly to keep yourself and everyone safe.


Merryana Salem (she/they) is a proud Wonnarua and Lebanese–Australian writer, critic, teacher, researcher and podcaster on most social media as @akajustmerry. If you want, check out their podcast, GayV Club where they gush about LGBT rep in media. Either way, she hopes you ate something nice today.