Rally against youth detention abuses
AUSTRALIANS rallied against the treatment of young people in detention amid calls for an inquiry into the abuse to be expanded.
Graphic footage of teenage boys being stripped naked, tear-gassed, held in solitary confinement and shackled to a chair as a restraint measure shocked the country when it aired in July.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull immediately ordered a royal commission into how youths were treated at the Don Dale Centre in the Northern Territory in 2014 and 2015.
But at snap “emergency protests” in Sydney, Melbourne and elsewhere on July 30, hundreds gathered to call for justice for the teens, many of whom are Aboriginal.
“If we could see some action, some real fair and just action taken, I think that would allay some concern,” Sydney community elder Aunty Jenny Munroe told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
The Northern Territory has one of the highest crime rates in Australia, with Aborigines making up the bulk of the prison population. –