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Solidarity Wrist Bands

You may or may not be aware that police in Queensland are promoting $5 blue wrist bands (a "thin blue line") with Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley's badge number on them. The wrist bands are a sign of support for the cop who faces trial next week for killing Mulrunji Doomadgee in November 2004 while in police custody.

The police commissioner has refused to ban police officers from wearing the wrist bands while on duty (see here) despite the fact they are clearly inflammatory. Police even wore the wrist bands to the opening of an indigenous court one day after the commissioner promised that police would use indiscretion (see here).

Socialist Alliance has responded (at the request of Sam Watson) by producing yellow and black wristbands to show our solidarity with Mulrunji, NOT police who murder (see below). Hundreds of Aboriginal people and community supporters are expected to gather outside the court in Townsville where Hurley will be tried (see here).

These bands are your chance to stand up for Aboriginal justice

You can get your own band for $5 or $3 concession - for bulk orders of over 25 (we will accept $2 per band.)

At a Socialist Alliance stall or from the Brisbane Activist Centre, 74b Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
Ph: (07) 3139 1765; 3831 2644 Mob: 0410 629 088
or through your Socialist Alliance state office.

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Commissar | June 09, 2007

Where can more about the case itself be read?

Dave Riley | June 09, 2007

You'll find a range of references here and audio interview I did here

Brisbane SA | June 09, 2007

The Saturday Courier Mail reported that

" Supporters of deaths-in-custody prisoner Mulrunji will wear yellow wristbands in a mark of solidarity at the manslaughter trial of Chris Hurley in Townsville next week....The gesture is a direct response to the Qld Police Union's decision to sell blue wristbands to raise funds for Sen-Sgt Hurley's legal costs. The paper concluded by quoting "Socialist Alliance national indigenous spokesperson Sam Watson" who stated "These wristbands will be our way of showing the state police that we won't be intimidated nor silenced."

There has been an enthusiastic response to the Mulrunji wristbands already, and that is sure to increase as the Hurley trial begins and media coverage ramps up.

The money raised will firstly go to paying costs, but then Sam Watson is keen for it to go to Socialist Alliance's campaign work around Justice for Mulrunji. In Qld it will go to the SA election campaign with Sam as lead candidate.

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