Violent police abuse against Nyoongar Tent Embassy

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Police moved in on the group and made four arrests in some very dramatic scenes. During the fracas a pregnant woman holding her baby was caught up in the melee at the statue of Aboriginal warrior Yagan and was almost crushed by a charging police horse.

Much more details on this unnecessary violence against Australia's first people has been collected and will included here soon!

Treaty Republic 24th March 2012

Nyoongars in Western Australia have had enough of the genocide, dislocation, disempowerment, bribing and countless abuses by governments and their agents. They have made a determinated stance to hold a small parcel of land in protest for their rights as First Australians.

The Tent Embassy was set up following the 40th Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra but was triggered by WA Government putting forward a cash and benefit bribe for the extinguishment of their Native Title rights in the south-west region.

After six weeks of continued police harassment and two previous raids on the Ngoongar Tent Embassy at Heirisson Island on the Swan River, the Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett had the audacity to say, "We deliberately took a view that let them make their point for a while but that time has run out now ... It's getting out of hand and therefore action will be taken and maybe it is a bit overdue." He then said that as the issue continued it made the government and police look "impotent".

The Police then filed out of "riot vans" and lined up shoulder-to-shoulder at the Tent Embassy entrance and approached the protesters. Activist Herbert Bropho, dressed in traditional gear and protester Alison Fuller confrontation the police claiming genocide was occurring and police were breaching international law by dismantling their "Tent Embassy" .. but the police were determined to cause havoc.

Police moved in on the group and made four arrests in some very dramatic scenes. During the fracas a pregnant woman holding her baby was caught up in the melee at the statue of Aboriginal warrior Yagan and was almost crushed by a police horse.

Throughout the violent eviction mahem 15 City of Perth rangers using two tip-trucks confescated 21 tents, two cars, a dinghy, camping equipment and personal belongings.