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Injustice in Australia: Aboriginal leader found guilty while killer cop walks free

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Last Friday an all white jury found Lex Wotton, an Aboriginal man from Palm Island, guilty of 'rioting with destruction' for his involvement in the 2004 Palm Island uprising. On November 26th 2004 the people of Palm Island set fire to the local police station, court house and police barracks after a pathologist's report claimed that the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee, a 36 year old local, in police custody a week earlier was an 'accident'. Mulrunji died in a police cell, one hour after he had been arrested for being drunk. He suffered massive internal injuries, including a ruptured spleen, four broken ribs and a 'liver that had been 'almost cleaved in two' from a huge compressive force.'

The officer who arrested him, Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, claimed that Mulrunji had fallen on stairs. A coroner's inquest found that Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley was responsible for Mulrunji's death, as the injuries were consistent with a beating. However, a court found Hurley not guilty for manslaughter. He has since been promoted and is an Inspector on the Gold Coast.

In comparison Lex Wotton is now facing a life sentence in prison. He is being held in prison until his next court appearance in the Townsville District Court on November 7.

Links: National Indigenous Times Article | Facebook group Free Lex Wotton Now! | Greenleft Weekly Free Lex Wotton | 2004 article Police Terror Follows Death in Custody

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Kia ora koutou

Mainstream Australia doesn't give a rats ass about this case. This trial has got barely a mention in the mainstream press. Please help bring attention to this story around the world. The people of Palm Island have suffered enough. Please stand in solidarity with Lex and his family.

Australia needs to learn they can't keep getting away with this second class citizen crap. Only international pressure will bring the start of justice for Aboriginal People.

Thank you

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This is unreasonable bigotry and bias shown by the Queensland Police Force and legislature - I had heard that it was bad there, but this takes my breath away.

Solidarity to the family & community supporting this man, being scape-goated by a corrupt legislature.

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A National Day of Action has been called to call for Lex's release on Nov 1. It would be awesome to see solidarity from Aotearoa!

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Whats needed is a workers state. With a workers state the oppression of the peoples of color and the vast majority who are the working class could end the pollution and aggressive wars at home and abroad so the liberation could be practiced again. This kind or racist behaviour of the monopoly capitalist, state is comming back again much as in England, and Germany. It is a pocket of fascist reation to the demand for liberation that the web on life so obviously needs at the present time.

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"Whats needed is a workers state"

For fuck sake idiot. This happens under communism and capitialism. It is the systems of control that you and your mates talk about that keep things the way they are. This is about some people who are being ignored and hurt. Not about your "policys".

To the whanau of Lex Wotton i sent my love and support. To the people of Palm Island I say to you that you are not alone. Many across this planet feel your mamae (hurt). We will do what we cna do to support and raise your hurts and issues. Go well in the love of many.

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A workers'state is needed to put an end to racism, unemployment, poverty and aggressive war as foreign policy. Monopoly capitalist states are the source of competition and agressive war as well as racist enslaving practices.

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the ruling governments and business' across the global 'free market' will not agree to just creating a workers state in a developed country, instead as usual, they will ignore this case, and carry on, business as usual. these incidents are typical of australia, a country, in my experience,that has been built up on racism, inequality, injustice and inequality. this has not changed since the first arrivals from the 'developed' world. i hope lex wotton receives a fair trial and is convicted/ not convicted based on accurate evidence and that chris hurley receives the justice he deserves in the future

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Aboriginal Australia doesn't need a workers state. Aboriginal Australia needs the sovereignty to manage their own business according to their own laws. The last thing Aboriginal Australia needs is more white fullas telling them what's best. Typical paternal bullshit.

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Video

Invited by the Indigenous Social Justice Association on August 10th 2008 Lex Wotton spoke in Melbourne prior to his trial relating to the riots in Palm Island. He was charged with inciting a riot and describes in his own words the events that day.

http://uriohau.blogspot.com/2008/10/lex-wotton-on-palm-island.html

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direct action at the aussie consulate like last time?

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oh yeah, official International call out coming today.

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"A National Day of Action has been called to call for Lex's release on Nov 1. It would be awesome to see solidarity from Aotearoa!"

Of course. We already planning something... :)

BTW, we had a tiny article in the Herald only here, as far as I know.

"Hang Hurley, Free Lex Wotton!"

T

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Hey all

Message for you all:

Lex's partner Cecilia has requested an International day of Solidarity for Lex on Friday the 7th of November, when Lex gets sentenced by the courts. She also requests that messages of solidarity be sent to freelexwotton@gmail.com and these will be passed on to Lex

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<b>Free accused Palm Island aboriginal leader - PROTEST this Saturday 12:30</b>

Tena Koutou,

Last Friday an all white jury found Lex Wotton, an Aboriginal man from Palm Island, guilty of 'rioting with destruction' for his involvement in the 2004 Palm Island uprising. On November 26th 2004 the people of Palm Island set fire to the local police station, court house and police barracks after a pathologist's report claimed that the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee, a 36 year old local, in police custody a week earlier was an 'accident'. Mulrunji died in a police cell, one hour after he had been arrested for being drunk. He suffered massive internal injuries, including a ruptured spleen, four broken ribs and a 'liver that had been 'almost cleaved in two' from a huge compressive force.'

The officer who arrested him, Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, claimed that Mulrunji had fallen on stairs. A coroner's inquest found that Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley was responsible for Mulrunji's death, as the injuries were consistent with a beating. However, a court found Hurley not guilty for manslaughter. He has since been promoted and is an Inspector on the Gold Coast.

In comparison Lex Wotton is now facing a life sentence in prison. He is being held in prison until his next court appearance in the Townsville District Court on November 7.

<b>A National Day of Action has been called on Nov 1 to demand Lex's release.</b>

<b>Please join a protest outside the Australian High Commission in Wellington this Saturday at 12:30pm.
(72 Hobson St, Thorndon).
Bring banners, placards, chalk and noise-makers.</b>

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Oh well, 1st here and 7th elsewhere = double the media :)

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there will also be demos in Melbourne &amp; Brisbane on the 1st, then worldwide we are all out on the 7th when Lex get sentenced.

KIA KAHA E HOA MA

Chur

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Free Lex Wotton
Solidarity Action Alice Springs
Saturday 1 November
4pm
Alice Springs Police Station

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this is the bro Ati Teepa - the youtube link on the front page isnt working for some reason

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtkvnQgQbLs

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Free Lex Wotton NOW

International Day Of Action November 7th

Stand in Solidarity an show your disgust about the continuing racist treatment of Lex and Aboriginal Peoples in Australia

Last Friday an all white jury found Lex Wotton, an Aboriginal man from Palm Island, guilty of 'rioting with destruction' for his involvement in the 2004 Palm Island uprising. On November 26th 2004 the people of Palm Island set fire to the local police station, court house and police barracks after a pathologist's report claimed that the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee, a 36 year old local, in police custody a week earlier was an 'accident'. Mulrunji died in a police cell, one hour after he had been arrested for being drunk. He suffered massive internal injuries, including a ruptured spleen, four broken ribs and a 'liver that had been 'almost cleaved in two' from a huge compressive force.'

The officer who arrested him, Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, claimed that Mulrunji had fallen on stairs. A coroner's inquest found that Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley was responsible for Mulrunji's death, as the injuries were consistent with a beating. However, a court found Hurley not guilty for manslaughter. He has since been promoted and is an Inspector on the Gold Coast.

In comparison Lex Wotton is now facing a life sentence in prison. He is being held in prison until his next court appearance ( for sentencing) in the Townsville District Court on November 7

Solidarity on Wurundjeri land

Rally Friday 7th November @ 1pm
Melbourne County Court
Cnr of William &amp; Lonsdale Street
Melbourne
Bring banners, placards, chalk and noise-makers

contact freelexwotton@gmail.com for more details

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Free Lex Wotton
Solidarity Action London
Thursday November 6
12 noon outside the Australian High Commission
Australia House
Strand, London, WC2B 4LA

please come and show your support

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List of confirmed rallies &amp; protests to date, more to come ,Free Lex Wotton NOW

In Brisbane, a protest Saturday, November 1st at 12 noon at Queens Park, marching on state parliament.

Free Lex Wotton
Solidarity Action Alice Springs
Saturday 1 November
4pm
Alice Springs Police Station

Free Lex Wotton rally in Melbourne:
12pm Saturday 1st November, GPO (cnr Bourke and Swanston St) City

Free Lex Wotton Aotearoa/NZ
Australian Embassy this Saturday! Australian High Commission in Wellington this Saturday November 1st at 12:30pm.
(72 Hobson St, Thorndon)

International Day of Action 7th November

Free Lex Wotton Rally, Friday 7 November 08 @ 1pm
outside Sydney District Court,Downing Ctre Complex,143-147 Liverpool St. Sydney

Rally Friday 7th November @ 1pm
Melbourne County Court
Cnr of William &amp; Lonsdale Street
Melbourne

Free Lex Wotton
Solidarity Action London
Thursday November 6
12 noon outside the Australian High Commission
Strand, London, WC2B 4LA

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO INJUSTICE ON PALM ISLAND
Murdering cops free while Aboriginal leader Lex Wotton convicted!

End the NT Intervention – govt rejects its
own Review &amp; continues racist attacks

Speakout - 2pm Sat 1 Nov

Redfern Community Centre,
Hugo St, Redfern

Panel of speakers will respond:

Gracelyn Smallwood – North Queensland Aboriginal activist

Lyall Munro - Redfern activist

Jenny Munro - Redfern activist

Nala Mansell - Tasmanian anti-Intervention activist

Jim Everett – Tasmanian activist

Pat Eatock - Aboriginal Rights Coalition

Organised by the Aboriginal Rights Coalition (ARC)
http://aboriginalrightscoalition.wordpress.com

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Brisbane Events
Rally &amp; March
Free Lex Wotton
Jail Police who kill
Stop Black Deaths in Custody

12pm
Saturday November 1st
Queens park
cnr Elizabeth and George Sts, City
ph: 0401 227 443.

Community Protest and Vigil against Racist QLD Police 'Bravery' Awards
4.30 - 6pm Monday 3rd November
Outside Roma St Police Headquarters
In the wake of the 'guilty' verdict in Lex Wotton's trial the QLD Police have decided to reward the racist and corrupt actions of its officers by presenting members who were present on Palm Island during the community protest in 2004 with 'bravery medals' in a Townsville ceremony. In Brisbane join with others outraged by this injustice against the community of Palm Island, and to demand an end to all black deaths in custody. Speakout and vigil
Picket outside the Supreme Court on the day Lex Wotton is Sentenced
9.30am Friday 7th November
Supreme Court, Cnr George and Adelaide Sts, City
Lex's partner Cecilia has requested an International Day of Solidarity for Lex on the day he will be sentenced by the courts. The family have also requested that messages of solidarity be sent to freelexwotton@gmail.com so that they can be passed on to Lex.

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