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Thousands from remote communities march for Kumanjayi Walker in Alice Springs

TIME:2019-11-14 14:16:48 READ:283

Thousands of people have marched through Alice Springs in protest over the death of 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker, who was allegedly shot dead by a police officer in the remote community of Yuendumu at the weekend.

Key points:

  • Constable Zachary Rolfe has been charged with one count of murder over the death of Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu on Saturday
  • Protesters in Alice Springs have been urged to use social media carefully now the court case is underway
  • The NT's Chief Minister says the government will provide transport to take people home from Alice Springs after today

 

Protesters flocked to the lawns between the local court and police station, brandishing signs and chanting "Justice for Walker".

Hundreds of people from Yuendumu were amongst the crowds.

Women with white paint across their foreheads, a cultural way to express "sorry business" after someone has died, wept.

Speeches spoken in English and Warlpiri began with a plea for caution on social media to avoid influencing the court case now underway.

 

Warlpiri elder Ned Hargraves thanked everyone who had taken part in the protests, on behalf of Mr Walker's family.

Many who attended welcomed the news that a police officer had been charged with murder.

But there was also disappointment that the constable was given bail and suspended with pay.

Jeremiah Walker spoke about how he was feeling the sorrow from the loss of his nephew, thoughts echoed by Mr Walker's grandmother Peggy Brown.

Speakers said the case brought back painful memories of the 2009 Kwementyaye Ryder case in Alice Springs.

Thousands from remote communities march for Kumanjayi Walker in Alice Springs

TIME:2019-11-14 14:16:48 READ:283

Thousands of people have marched through Alice Springs in protest over the death of 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker, who was allegedly shot dead by a police officer in the remote community of Yuendumu at the weekend.

Key points:

  • Constable Zachary Rolfe has been charged with one count of murder over the death of Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu on Saturday
  • Protesters in Alice Springs have been urged to use social media carefully now the court case is underway
  • The NT's Chief Minister says the government will provide transport to take people home from Alice Springs after today

 

Protesters flocked to the lawns between the local court and police station, brandishing signs and chanting "Justice for Walker".

Hundreds of people from Yuendumu were amongst the crowds.

Women with white paint across their foreheads, a cultural way to express "sorry business" after someone has died, wept.

Speeches spoken in English and Warlpiri began with a plea for caution on social media to avoid influencing the court case now underway.

 

Warlpiri elder Ned Hargraves thanked everyone who had taken part in the protests, on behalf of Mr Walker's family.

Many who attended welcomed the news that a police officer had been charged with murder.

But there was also disappointment that the constable was given bail and suspended with pay.

Jeremiah Walker spoke about how he was feeling the sorrow from the loss of his nephew, thoughts echoed by Mr Walker's grandmother Peggy Brown.

Speakers said the case brought back painful memories of the 2009 Kwementyaye Ryder case in Alice Springs.

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