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Protests in Australia against deaths of indigenous people in jails : Reports Australia
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Protests in Australia against deaths of indigenous people in jails : Reports

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 11 Apr 2021, 01:49 am

Canberra/UNI: Hundreds of Australians on Saturday  took to the streets  calling for justice and change over the "horrific" number of indigenous people dying in local prisons every year.

As per local media reports protests took place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Alice Springs and Lismore, these commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody report.

The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody handed its final report in 1991 where 339 recommendations were made but only a few were implemented. The past 30 years have witnessed, deaths of more than 470 Indigenous people in Australian prisons.

Five deaths took place since March this year.

ABC News quoted Sydney march organizer Lizzie Jarrett saying

"Five deaths in five weeks, if that is not telling you that this is a pandemic against our people,"

Protesters held banners that read "Black Lives Matter" and called on the parliament to take urgent action against such deaths.