Rally for Slain Aboriginal Teen Bring Melbourne CBD to Standstill

StoryfulNewsPublished: July 28, 2017Updated: July 29, 2017
Published: July 28, 2017Updated: July 29, 2017

Protesters in Melbourne gathered on July 28 for indigenous rights rally following the death of a 14-year indigenous teen. Elijah Doughty from Western Australia died in August 2016 after a man, believing him to be in possession of a stolen motorbike, struck the Karlgoolie teen with his vehicle. While the man plead guilty to dangerous driving and sentenced to three years, he was acquitted of manslaughter charges. The sentencing sparked protests across the country with many believing the tragedy was symptomatic of Australian police and court’s uncaring attitude towards young Aboriginal people. On Friday evening a rally was held in Melbourne outside the state parliament on Spring Street. The Herald Sun reported the rally and marches brought the CBD to a standstill as crowds sat-in at a major intersection. This video shows the marches as well as part of a one minute silence observed for Doughty. Credit: Twitter/Harriet Carter via Storyful

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