Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 15:01:08 +0800
From: "Deaths In Custody Watch Commitee (WA) Inc." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: LL:One Nation Party Members Attack Protesters
One Nation members must be charged
The Deaths In Custody Watch Committee media release
10 November 1997
The Deaths In Custody Watch Committee is demanding that the WA Police
Service lay charges against One Nation Party members who attacked
protesters on Tuesday evening.
Eyewitnesses have claimed that one of the assailants was a police
officer in plain clothes. Two of the protesters who were injured are
taking legal advice and plan to lay charges against their assailants.
"One of WA's most respected Aboriginal Elders, Ben Taylor, is in
hospital as a result of this ugly incident." Said Glenn Shaw,
Chairperson of the Watch Committee.
"Ben is in the Coronary Care Unit at Royal Perth Hospital, after his
friends saw him being hustled into a police van by two police
officers, who had Ben's arms twisted behind his back." Said Mr Shaw.
Another respected Aboriginal Elder, Mingli Wajurrinungala, was among
the group of protesters attacked by the One Nation members.
"They came running out like a herd of bullocks," she said.
"There were three of them, great big men, and they started grabbing
people and throwing them to the ground, even young girls, Aboriginal
and non-Aboriginal people. They were covered in blood and gravel
"It was a shocking sight."said Ms Wajurrinungala. "My daughter was
standing beside me with a baby in her arms. I was terrified that they
would be hurt."
"I saw a man wearing a One Nation badge manhandling young people and
then he produced a Police ID badge."
Until the attack by One Nation members, the protestors were peacefully
demonstrating outside the meeting in the Southern River Hall near
Watch Committee Chairperson, Glenn Shaw said, "This disturbing affair
is a dramatic example of the deeply un-Australian Nazi style tactics
of the One Nation Party."
"We will be contacting Commissioner Falconer to request a thorough
investigation of the incident and for charges to be laid against One
Nation Party members who took the law into their own hands."
"We call on all decent minded people to reject these racist thugs and
all they stand for."
Media Contact: Glenn Shaw, Chairperson, (08) 92656960
DEATHS IN CUSTODY
WATCH COMMITTEE (WA)
27 Brewer St, Perth 6000,
Ph: 61 (0) 8 9328-5316,
Fax: 61 (0) 8
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