Flag installation to protest hundreds of deaths in custody

Wayne Webb, Toni Webb, Rod Whittle, Di Shanahan, Pauline McLeod and Dorothy O'Reilly. Photo - Anita Haywood.
Wayne Webb, Toni Webb, Rod Whittle, Di Shanahan, Pauline McLeod and Dorothy O'Reilly. Photo - Anita Haywood.

Amnesty Margaret River is calling for members of the community to head down to Riflebutts Reserve in Prevelly on August 8 to witness their peaceful visual presentation, protesting Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Group spokesperson Diane Shanahan said the flag installation would represent the hundreds of Aboriginal deaths that have occurred in custody in the thirty years since the findings of the 1987 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody were handed down.

"Amnesty Margaret River, friends and supporters invite the community to join them at Riflebutts," she said.

"Aboriginal representatives Wayne and Toni Webb of Pibulmun Wadandi Yunungjarli have given their support, saying it would be a thoughtful and peaceful way to protest the devastating numbers of Aboriginal Deaths in Custody which have occurred, and still occur, Australia wide."

A total of 437 Aboriginal flags will be created and erected to represent each Aboriginal person who has died in custody in the thirty years since the Royal Commission handed down its findings.

Although widely accepted, the recommendations of the 1987 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody have mostly been disregarded by governments.

A petition will also be available for signing, asking for these recommendations to be effectively implemented.

In addition to the opportunity to sign the petition, Amnesty Margaret River invites the community to join them in the 2pm photoshoot at the Aboriginal Flag Installation.

"This photo will support the signed petitions when they are presented to government."

COVID regulations for the event will be applied, including 2 square metres for social distancing.

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Date: Saturday 8 August 2020. Petition signing: 12 noon to 4pm. Community photo shoot: 2pm