Mayor Graham Quirk: allow the return of the Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy to Musgrave Park.
This morning, over 200 members of the Queensland Police surrounded the Aboriginal Sovereign tent embassy, and forcibly removed all residents.
Musgrave Park is the spiritual home of Brisbane Murris and the land was handed back to the traditional owners of the area nearly 20 years ago. Forcibly evicting people from their own land is a continuation the long history of dispossession that Aboriginal people in Australia have had to endure.
Local Councillor Helen Abrahams and State Member Jackie Trad have both condemned the eviction, saying that there had been minimal engagement from Council with the Embassy and that this action has set back Aboriginal-Police relations in Brisbane decades.
The Brisbane City Council claim that the reason for the eviction was that the Paniyiri Festival required the corner of the Park for the weekend -- but negotiations had already been undertaken with the Paniyiri Committee and an agreement reached.
30 people have been arrested for asserting their right to this land. It'd brought the whole suburb to a standstill. This was an overly heavy handed response to a peaceful community living on their own land. It was also a huge waste of taxpayers' money.
Please sign my petition and call on the Brisbane City Council to apologise and recognise the sacred nature of Musgrave Park to local Murris and to let them live and manage their land without interference.
You can leave a message on the Brisbane City Council facebook page here too: http://on.fb.me/JHeJah
Equality will never be achieved without recognition of sovereignty.
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