Australia: Police protect Captain Cook statue in BLM-related rally in Sydney

Hundreds of protesters marched in Sydney on Friday against police brutality and black and Aboriginal deaths in police custody. The protest's location was changed from Town Hall to Hyde Park after hundreds of police officers set up barricades in front of the hall hours before the protest's planned start. Police also ordered protesters to disperse, with a number of officers seen guarding a statue of Captain James Cook. «Anyone that grows up here that's non-white will experience some sort of racism in Australia,» one protester said. The protest was organised in support of inmates at Sydney's Long Bay jail, after correctional officers employed tear gas while responding to a disturbance earlier this week. The protest was also organised in response to the death of George Floyd and in support of Black Lives Matter, and also denounced the high number of Aboriginal Australians that have died while in police custody.
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