Published time: 30 Jul, 2016 21:45
Cities across Australia joined in protest over the government’s sub-par response to shocking videos of institutionalized child abuse at a detention facility – the latest in Australia’s dark record of racist treatment of Aboriginals.
A harrowing video emerged that was shot at the Don Dale facility near Darwin, showing an Aboriginal boy in a prison being strapped to a chair by three guards, tied everywhere, including by the neck. He also had a bag tied over his head, blinding and suffocating him, and was subsequently stripped. The footage sent shockwaves through the UN and elsewhere, but appeared to generate a much weaker response from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who stopped short of launching a national enquiry, deciding a smaller investigation would do.