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Melbourne Mulrunji rally

An emergency speakout called after the acquittal of Queensland Police Senior Sergent Chris Hurley on charges of the November 2004 killing of Mulrunji Doomadgee turned into a march of over 200 on the Victorian parliament on June 22. The action was called by Socialist Alliance and the Indigenous Social Justice Association (Melbourne supporters group) and endorsed by ANTAR and radio stations 3KND and 3CR. The crowd was addressed by indigenous activists including Jason Temaru, Greg Fryer and Robbie Thorpe, as well as representatives of ANTAR,ISJA and SA (Sue Bolton).

Speakers attacked Howard's announcement of the federal government take-over of NT indigenous communities, expressing outrage that the all-white Townsville jury's legitimisation of police killing blacks was being accompanied by the boosting of police numbers in aboriginal communities. Police were denounced as a colonial occupying force in indigenous Australia and an Australian flag was burned as a colonialist symbol.

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