Apr 14, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views

It is right to be angry; it is right to protest land rights now!

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En Passant: Sothe Bobbsey twins of racism, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott,got a little back today of what the thugs who protect them and their ilk dish out to Aboriginal people every day.

Lunchingat the appropriately named PorkbarrelCaf for an awards ceremony, Gillard and Abbott became the target of a large crowd of demonstrators from the nearby Tent Embassy 40thyear commemoration.

Earlier that morning2000 of ushad gathered at theAustralian National University for a welcome, some talks, rap and dancing before marching up to Parliament House and then on to the Tent Embassy at Old Parliament House.

It was a fantastic march. At the front where I was we were chanting What do we want? Land rights! and When do we want it? Now!, followed by What have we got? Fuck all!, all the time raising our clenched fists to the heavens in a show of defiance and solidarity.

As the head of the march reached a fork in the road we voted unanimously to go up to the New Parliament House. A bit further up, I turned around tosee a sea of people, with aboriginal and other flags fluttering and banners raised, all accompanied by a cacophony of sound.

There was joy and laughter, and love and hugs all around, but anger too.

The anger was directed atboth Labor and Liberal governments who had done nothing but invade the Northern Territory; nothing to really address the life expectancy gap; nothing to end poverty and disease among Aboriginal people; nothing about sovereignty and paying the rent; nothing about land rights.

We reached the Tent Embassy, exhilarated.

Witnesses reported that during one of the speeches a woman interrupted to say that Tony Abbott had said the Tent Embassy should be moved on. He was fifty metres away with his twin in racism, Julia Gillard.

Why doesnt he come here and tell us that, they asked? Then someone suggested if he wouldnt come to them, they should go to him. It spread like wildfire through the crowd.

Soonabout 200 of the demonstrators moved from the Tent Embassy commemoration to the caf to tell Abbott what they thought of him.

There was a bit of banging on the glass walls.

The chants started as Shame, shameand Racists, racists and then became a steady Always was, always will be Aboriginal land. This is a truth the one percent and their paid mouthpieces, Gillard and Abbott, cannot acknowledge let alone address.

The cops reacted as they always do when confronted by angry Aboriginal people.

The riot squad and the Prime Ministersprotection unit brutalised the crowdto clear a path for Gillard and Abbott, the two politicians of the Northern Territory invasion, the two politicians of hate, the two politicians of dispossession, the two politicians of aboriginal genocide.

Someof the demonstrators banged on Gillards car as it left and slowed down its exit.

It shows you how divorced from ordinary people Gillard and her Labor Party are that instead of coming out and talking to the protesters, she got her hired goons to attack them.I guess when you dont have anycase to make for having bettered Aboriginal lives then you need to use force rather than reason.

Then the cops tried to wreak their vengeance on the crowd an Aboriginal crowd and their supporters for having dared to protest against these two representatives of the mining companies that are stealing Aboriginal land.Together in a line, they walked slowlytowards the protestors chanting Move, move, move and in one case,shovedapepper spray bottle into a demonstrators face.



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