Free Lex Wotton!
A Rally was held on 1 November 2008 in Brisbane.
Then a Rally was held on 7 November 2008 in Townsville, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, London, Santiago (Chile) and all around the world. Here are the Melbourne, Brisbane T’vlle, Palm Island and NZ Rallies (among others) —
To see photos of the rally in Brisbane see http://www.flickr.com/photos/lookingleft/sets/72157608567398108/
These are shot and compiled by Ted Riethmuller who, over the years, has provided a photographic account of Labour, Indigenous & Women’s struggles in Brisbane. See http://www.flickr.com/photos/brisbanelabourhistory/archives/
Ted’s LookingLeft series gives a great photographic record for socialists in struggle in Queensland.
A Vigil was held on 3 November 2008 at Police HQ in Brisbane.
When: Monday, 3 November 2008
Where: Qld Police HQ, Roma Street (Opposite Railway Station), Brisbane
Aim: This is to oppose the bravery awards given to police for their role in the Palm Island Affair on 26 November 2004.
(please sign the ‘Free Lex Wotton!’ Petition by clicking ‘here‘)
Violence done to aboriginal persons has been condoned by at least two juries now. Once in the Hurley Trial and now in the Lex Wotton trial.
Police came on to the island with high powered rifles, glock pistols, troop carriers, Tasers, to do violence against the community on Palm. They raid houses and arrest 23 people taking them off the island charging them without any evidence. Among them is Lex Wotton, his Mum is even charged. They manufacture the evidence with the aid of dope dealers and police informants. They threatened people with jail terms if they do not cooperate, they prey on the weak.
They manufacture evidence through the media — shots of Lex with a shovel at the police station are sent around the world. Angry resident reads the caption in the newspaper. While police point guns at children, do not identify themselves, wearing balaclavas, to terrorise the community. They take Lex’s brother in law out in the nude. His niece, 15 year old girl, guns to the head. A women 7 months pregnant pushed to the ground, premature delivery, baby has trouble with the heart.
All police deny they saw the video except two who gave evidence in the committal, to concoct their evidence, 12,000 pages of evidence, 6,000 pages of other accused, 120 witnesses — but the police continue to lie. They scan the people in the court, even before they can go to the toilet. They charge Lex’s 64 year mother with throwing huge pieces of masonry. No evidence. Charges eventually beaten.
Where does the violence done to Aboriginal people come from?
From individual police like Hurley?
From the police group mentality?
From the police union?
From police hierarchy?
The Police Minister? The government? The community?
Or is it from the whole system?
The system that uses police violence to suppress community upset at death of Mulrunji, at loss of aboriginal control of indigenous affairs on Palm Island, loss of Land Rights through endless government bureaucracy and colonial mentality.
Where are the institutions that have stood up and condemned this violence?
The District Court? The Crime and Misconduct Commission?
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commissions (HREOC), both State and Federal?
The United Nations Human Rights bodies?
The Lex Wotton jury had a mentality that, for them, it is better to feel safe under the protection of police, albeit corrupt, than to let blackfellas have the democratic right to protest the death of their brother Mulrunji.
Well may we say that it is business as usual in the sovereign state of Queensland.
Especially while governments and their institutions, judges and juries jail the innocent and let the guilty go free! Human Rights institutions, where are they? What have they done to prevent this? In Queensland, where justice is a game?
Please note that this rally is organised by the Aboriginal Rights Coalition — Click here to Download ‘Free Lex Wotton!’ Leaflet
for more info call Rob on 0424 265 730
or Lauren on 0413 534 125
or Sam Watson on 0401 2274 43