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Lismore rally to amplify calls for justice after shooting of Indigenous teen

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People from across the Northern Rivers will gathering in central Lismore this evening (November 13) to stand in solidarity with the Northern Territory community of Yuendumu, following the shooting death of a Warlpiri teenager by police.

The central dessert community of Yuedemu. Image: NT News

Kumanjayi Walker, 19, was shot by police on Saturday night in the central dessert community, which lies four-and-a-half hours north-west of Alice Springs.

The elders of the community are calling for NT Police to leave their community.

“We are all sad here in Yuendumu today,’ Warlpiri elder Ned Hargraves said.

‘We have lost a beautiful young fella. We want justice.’

The rally will take place at At 5:30pm on Wednesday the 13th November at 115 Molesworth St Lismore.

Organisers will have a large banner and encourage locals to bring their own banners and signs

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  1. Who are the organisers? I understand this is a private matter. Surely it would also be a good idea to wait until the truth of the full story is known?

  2. “The elders of the community are calling for NT Police to leave their community.”

    How utterly ridiculous that the people of Lismore would support this idea.
    The night before the shooting, three medical staff houses had been broken into while staff were inside. At the same time several cars had been smashed with rocks and broken into, so staff were very scared. Two health workers who arrived from Yuelamu were later injured when rocks were thrown at their ambulance, hitting nurses in the head and in the arms.
    It is disgusting people would support these scum.

  3. Well Gavin it is obvious you UNDERSTAND NOTHING….about the disconnect and abuse & persecution Indigenous people have suffered for over 230 yrs +. Yes this sad behaviour (re throwing rocks apparently at nursing staff ..this may be incorrect ??) is what happens when EVERYTHING you have had & identify with has been stolen from you.Then you expect Indigenous people to act politely & with courteous behaviour and continual patience….really ??? ? PLEASE GO and see the movie The Australian Dream and get informed. There have been 20 Indigenous deaths in custody within 12 mths , what do you think about that ?? Maybe you don’t want to know.

  4. It always astounds me when police shoot and kill anyone anywhere on this planet. Isn’t a bullet in the leg enough to make them drop to the ground and become immobile to keep police and bystanders safe? Then the lawbreaker can be brought to justice and the courts decide thier fate. And thier side of the story can be heard of why they break the law to begin with. The young man was only 19. He should have been given a chance to explain.
    And I am sure the elders in the community would have delt with it and other problem people in thier way. Instead everyone’s upset and the gap widens.


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