From Free NZ. Beautiful korero with this young man. So brave. So wise. (Note correction of Alexander’s age, recently came to light). TWNZ
“We talk to the brave insightful young man Alexander from Whakatane who went viral when picture of him being held down by police was circulated far and wide. We have a full interview coming out tomorrow with this young man with better sound quality, thank you for your patience”.
As always, corporations wage war on pesky indigenous people who require land to live on … land under which valuable resources sit ready for the taking. And as always the profits from those resources never return to the people. That is the way of corporations. And the corrupt governments that are in bed with them lie to fool the people as to their real motives. Australia has an appalling human rights record which is swept right under the rug. Australian born journalist John Pilger however frequently supplies us with an insight into what is really going on there and the latest rounds are nothing to do with the government’s inability to sustain the ‘lifestyle choices’ (choices?!) of Aboriginal people. It has everything to do with mining by corporations. These people are our cousins and they are just across the ditch. Their life expectancy is one of the lowest on earth!
Read the article by Pilger:
“Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia, where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal land, the state government says it can no longer afford to “support” the homelands.
Vulnerable populations, already denied the basic services most Australians take for granted, are on notice of dispossession without consultation, and eviction at gunpoint. Yet again, Aboriginal leaders have warned of “a new generation of displaced people” and “cultural genocide”.
Emma Donovan & The PutBacks feat. Tim Rogers & Joelistics – Blackfella Whitefella
“This release supports the massive grassroots movement led by SOS Blak Australia, an organization dedicated to supporting Aboriginal communities in remote Western Australia currently under threat of closure.
Earlier this year SOS Blak Australia issued a worldwide call to action to stop these closures occurring. In response to this, Emma and all the artists involved have come together to declare that they stand with the Indigenous people of Australia in support of their right to self-determination on their traditional lands. All involved have donated their time free of charge and all proceeds from the record go to SOS Blak Australia…”
For a complete unfudged history of the First Australians, watch the video series of that name …’The First Australians’, a heart rending tale of oppression and cruelty. You may find episode one on Youtube, there are 5 or 6 more episodes you can purchase online. You may if you search, find sites you can rent from.