Genocide Continues March 12, 2007Posted by campsovereignty in Actions, Camp News.
Camp Sovereignty supporters today gathered in King’s Domain in Melbourne to celebrate the anniversary of the successful 60 day occupation held there in 2006. A fire ceremony was held prompting a visit from Police and Fire authorities. After friendly negotiations, it was agreed the fire could stay there until 8pm in line with the agreement between MFB and Aboriginal People about the use of and respect towards sacred fire.
About an hour later during a peaceful family picnic a different group of police arrived and pushed through the crowd, including women and small children, and extinguished the fire. The people present proudly stood up to this blatant colonial oppression, both physically and verbally. A human wall was formed to protect the fire and shouts of “shame” drowned out any attempts by police to try and justify their bullying behaviour.
After the police left the fire was re-lit to the delight of supporters.
Police returned and the fire was extinguished again.
The fire was re-lit again.
Police returned and, you guessed it, the fire was extinguished again.
Despite agreeing to allow the ceremony to take place earlier in the day there was an obvious order from another authority to extinguish the fire.
Victoria is now covered by human rights legislation which protects the right of religious expression. This right was violently obstructed by Victorian Police today in yet another display of racist colonialist policing.