An estimated 50 to 100 people attended a rally outside Kings Cross Police Station in Sydney Australia at 2:30pm on Saturday, 12 May 2012 in order to protest against the recent shooting of two aboriginal teenagers by the police (both survived).
Kings Cross is a mixed area. Although it has a reputation for drugs and prostitution, it is also a popular nightspot for youngsters and has many trendy bars and nightclubs.
There were several speakers at the event, which was entirely peaceful.
Some of the grievances that the speakers raised included: the use of tasers by the police, the high number of aboriginals in the prison system and the high number of deaths in police custody. There was also the belief that there was a lack of accountability for the actions of the police and that their “mates”, would investigate any alleged wrongdoing.
At about 4pm the protestors marched along Darlinghurst Rd towards the Kings Cross train station. They were chanting, “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!”
The protest stopped close to the train station. A few non-aboriginal protestors moved onto the road, which caused the police to step in. Within minutes a large number of police arrived on the scene to ensure that the road was not blocked.
An egg was thrown at a protestor but it was not clear who had thrown it.
BackgroundThe Sydney Morning Herald reported that early on Saturday 21 April at around 4am, two officers recognised a group of aboriginal youths, who were travelling in a stolen Honda Civic in the Kings Cross area of Sydney.
As the car driver was unable to escape the police, due to the congested traffic, he mounted the curb, hitting a woman. In a bid to stop the car, the police opened fire hitting the two teenagers, sitting in the front of the car. The 14-year-old male driver was shot in the chest and arm and a passenger Troy Taylor, 18, was shot in the neck.
The six occupants of the car were all from Redfern (an area close to the city which has Sydney’s largest aboriginal population). Their ages ranged from 13 to 24.