Aboriginal affairs

Peaceful protest in support of Elijah

A group gathered outside the Perth Cultural Centre this morning to protest against racial violence aimed at Aboriginal youth.

More than 150 people attended the protest in the wake of the recent death of 14-year-old Kalgoorlie boy Elijah Doughty.

Elijah was riding a stolen scooter and was allegedly struck down by a vehicle driven by a 55-year-old man.

The Aboriginal community was outraged after the man was charged with manslaughter instead of murder.

Several people spoke at the rally, which was organised by the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation, about issues faced by Aboriginal youth.

Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation spokeswoman Selina Eggington said the rally was in direct response to the events in Kalgoorlie.

“We not only wanted to show our support for the people in Kalgoorlie, but the oppression of young Aboriginal people in this country,” she said.

“A lot of our people are very angry that this happened, the response by the police and the Attorney-General.

“We are very angry, we are very concerned, of what the outcome will be, how this man will go to court and what the response of the Attorney-General will be.”

The #JusticeforElijah campaign has sparked others around Australia to protest in solidarity. A protest is planned outside the Victorian Parliament in 5 days time.