- Title: Thousands attend Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney
- Date: 5th July 2020
- Summary: PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNER READING (English): "STOP BLACK DEATHS IN CUSTODY" PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNER READING (English): "THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT" (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER, SUSAN JARNASON, SAYING: "They also need to have independent inquiries for each and every death in custody, and when Aboriginal people are subject to police brutality it needs to be investigated not by the police, but by an external body. We need to have education in our schools about not having racism and having human rights for everybody because we do have have a very multicultural society but aboriginal people are particularly targeted." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE LISTENING TO SPEAKERS AT PROTESTERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) MOTHER OF DAVID DUNGAY WHO DIED IN POLICE CUSTODY, LEETONA DUNGAY, SAYING: "My son was killed for a biscuit and they pulled guns out, they pulled weapons out on my son over a packet of biscuits and killed him. They sent him home to me in plastic bag, in a black bag." CROWD CHANTING "JUSTICE TODAY FOR DAVID DUNGAY" PROTESTER HOLDING ABORIGINAL FLAG
- Embargoed: 19th July 2020 09:19
- Keywords: Australia BLM Black Lives Matter George Floyd Indigenous Stop Back Deaths in Custody Sydney
- Location: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
- City: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
- Country: Australia
- Topics: Race Relations / Ethnic Issues,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA003CLJ6TZB
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- Story Text:Thousands of protesters gathered in Sydney on Sunday (July 5), shouting slogans in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and aiming to raise awareness of the mistreatment of indigenous people in police custody.
The protest held in Sydney's Domain started with an Indigenous smoking ceremony that also cleansed the relatives of people that had died in police custody.
Numerous parents spoke of their children being killed by police while in custody including Leetona Dungay, whose son David Dungay Jnr, died in Sydney's Long Bay Jail in 2015 after being held down by correctional service officers, despite pleading that he could not breathe.
Despite representing just over three percent of Australia's population, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 28 percent of the prison population, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. In the Northern Territory(NT) , 84 percent of prison inmates are Indigenous, and make up 25 percent of the NT's population.
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