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Reisverslag Documentation Aboriginal Rally
24 april 2015
Documentation Aboriginal Rally
Obtestations happened all over the country frequently and on the 23th of April 2015 we got the experience an aboriginal uprise in the city of Perth. Together with our attendant Thor Kerr from the Curtin University we attended the protest to supply pictures and videos. As an assignment to aid academical studies we as interns from the Netherlands are thus writing a detailed scientific documentation of the events that have taken place. We have observed from a neutral point of view because we have no political knowledge of the problem whatsoever.
Beginning of the organised protest on forest square located in downtown Perth. Audio equipment had been supplied by us as Curtin University because of the recent raids that had taken place in the Nyoogar Tent Embassy by the federal police.
The crowd slowly gathered, both non-aboriginal pro-culturists and aboriginal people. The police had some peaks around but nothing major happened.
The elders who were considered the leaders of the aboriginal tribe spoke in front of the crowd. Some of them attended from all around the country to make a statements towards the people. Their inspiring speeches were aggressive and demanding but not offending to anyone.
Youngsters performed a traditional dance while the ceremonial beacons were lit up.
The elders continued their speeches. Non-aboriginal Australians also spoke and even foreigners could speak out their thoughts. They collected money to help against poverty within their culture. All the events were, although rudimental, very peaceful.
Beginning of the march towards the parliament
The number of police constantly grew. The contained the crow but closed in far to aggressive and without respect. It looked like they tried to provoke chaos towards there selves.
The police motorcyclist drives into the middle of the group hitting a women.
Aboriginals start to act more aggressively towards the police. The police are targeting the elder leaders who are emotionally unstable to the police. The act really aggressive towards the police and are constantly arguing.
The police were closing in far to much. One cavalry policewoman was surrounded, lost control and ran over one of the protesters (luckily one this leg got damaged).
One of the elders calmed down the crowd by giving a speech. They aren't there for violence just to send a message he said.
Arrival at the parliament.
At the parliament the protesters continued peacefully their traditional ceremony's and speeches in front of the parliament building.
Aboriginal 'attacks' a policeman and gets arrested. Seemingly he was just arguing and not doing anything wrong.
One of the secretaries of the premier comes outside to speak to the crowd having nothing promising to say in the eyes of the protesters.
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