Today, a group of Aboriginal families and their supporters conducted a Silent March from Circular Quay to Manly (via ferry), down The Corso to Manly Beach and then to the office of Tony Abbott, the local federal member for Warringah and the current government appointed Aboriginal ‘envoy’.
The Silent March is a concept organised by the Indigenous Social Justice Association (Sydney) - ISJA. The aim of these marches is to parade quietly through the streets of Sydney with large placards showing the photos of Aboriginal people who have died or been killed in police custody, bringing urgent attention to the issue of Aboriginal deaths in custody.
It has been 27 years since the report from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths In Custody was handed down. Since then, only around two-thirds of the 339 recommendations have been implemented, while the incarceration of Aboriginal people has doubled.
There have recently been silent marches in Kings Cross, Campbelltown, Circular Quay and elsewhere around Sydney.
Today’s Silent March was led by the families of David Gundy, Nathan Reynolds, Mark Mason, T.J. Hickey and Eric Whittaker - who all died in police custody.
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