Address racism: rally head

Sam JonesNorth West Telegraph
Event organiser Dolly Mason with the banner she made for the rally
Camera IconEvent organiser Dolly Mason with the banner she made for the rally

Indigenous members of communities surrounding Hedland gathered at Centenary Park last Wednesday in support of Warlpiri man Kumanjayi Walker, who was recently shot in the Northern Territory community of Yuen-dumu.

Event organiser Dolly Mason said the rally was not about anger, but a chance for indigenous communities to unite.

“Look around, there is no one here being antisocial, there is no alcohol, everyone is here to show support for the community,” she said. “If we do not address the racism and educate the next generation, then I fear we may be leading into an era of violence similar to what we have seen in America.”

During the rally, speakers questioned the medical response to the incident, with the closest help more than 250km away in Alice Springs.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service was also delayed in responding the incident. It could not confirm there was a safe and secure environment for the crew to land because of a recent spate of crime.

NT Police confirmed 28-year-old Constable Zachary Rolfe had been charged with murder over the incident declared a death in custody.

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