Australia: new demonstrations against racism, in spite of the virus

Australie: nouvelles manifestations contre le racisme, malgré le virus

PERTH | thousands of protesters marched against racism Saturday in several cities in Australia, despite the warning of the authorities on a possible resumption of the pandemic of novel coronavirus because of the rallies.

The most important event has brought together, in Perth, the major city of the western part of the country, several thousand people waving flags in aboriginal and signs proclaiming “Black Lives Matter” (the lives of the Black count).

Protests for the rights of Aborigines of Australia were also held in Darwin, the main city of the Northern Territory and in the cities in the State of Queensland is nearby (North-East), two regions of the country, home to many aboriginal communities.

“We are here to ensure our future as indigenous people, and to march against the injustices” done to the Aborigines, said to ABC-tv a protester in Darwin.

Only the gathering in this city was authorized and the other manifestations have violated the official prohibitions in force to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, virtually eliminated in many areas, and with new cases daily elsewhere are few in number.

Most of the protesters wore masks and the organizers have ensured that they space out the other one, and the police did not intervene.

This is the second consecutive week of major events in Australia, originally organized in solidarity with the movement “Black Lives Matter” in the United States and the protests following the death of George Floyd, a black American, was asphyxiated by a white policeman during his arrest.

The movement had a special resonance in Australia, a country that faces to the legacy of the historical injustice against the Aborigines: they are over-represented within the prison population, and 400 of them have died in detention during the past 30 years, and will not result in prosecutions, despite numerous investigations and, sometimes, evidence of ill-treatment.

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