INDIGENOUS RIGHTS PROTESTERS MARCH AT THE G20 SUMMIT

Photographed between November 14 – 16, 2014 during the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia while with Newzulu Australia now CrowdSpark

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Political meetings and summits are a melting pot for protests, strikes and rallies and with the G20 summit in November 2014, it wasn’t any different. It makes sense I suppose. All the important leaders from leading countries convene in one city so what better time than to raise your issue?

If you remember, ‘Putin’, ‘Ukraine’ and ‘Crimea’ were the key terms and one of the questions around newsrooms and between journalists in Australia was whether Vladimir Putin would show up for the summit. Well, he did turn up but he left almost immediately (allegedly, he was ‘ignored’ by the other world leaders. The perfect analogy worth be that he was the unpopular kid in the playground). Almost immediately, there was a protest against Putin that popped up on the first day of the meeting (November 15, 2014) and it was in tandem with several other protests lined up for climate awareness, freedom for the Falun Gong practitioners as well as a Free Tibet (protest) to name a few. But it was The People’s March that really was the highlight. With traffic having and the entire CBD having been shut down for the meetings, Roma Street was filled with more than a thousand people in the heat of summer.

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The biggest protest, however, took place on the eve of the G20 summit by the Indigenous Australians protesting against their treatment under police custody. This protest was followed by a second one titled Decolonization before Profit’ rally on the 15th. 

The indigenous community called for justice to the families and victims of Black Death’s in custody [1] as well as to bring focus on the several disadvantages of the community as well as for the rights that they deserve as being the original people of the land.

Just as the debate of ‘white America’ and ‘black America’ continues, there is also a case of ‘white Australia’ and ‘black Australia’ and it is deeply rooted and sentimental for the indigenous community. There is a feeling of alienation, disrespect and ignorance from the government and while ex-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd may have made the long overdue apology to the Stolen Generationthis generation still feel a strong sense of suppression.