UPDATE: FRIDAY 5 JUNE
Following a press conference held earlier this morning, Premier Daniel Andrews has urged Victorians not to attend the Black Lives Matter protest being held at the Parliament House steps this Saturday, citing the risk major gatherings could have on public health.
"I’ve got a very clear message: Do not go to the protest," said Andrews
“No one should be going, because it is not safe to do so. This is not an ordinary Saturday in June.
“We’re in the middle of a global pandemic and we’ve all come so far.”
The recommendations come following the advice from Victoria's Cheif Health Minister, who said it would be unsafe to attend the mass gathering during a pandemic.
Deputy Police Commissioner Shane Patton has also stated it will be illegal to attend following the Health Minister's announcement, with fines will be issued to the organisers if the event goes ahead with more than 20 people
This weekend, the country will see several solidarity protests for the death of George Floyd and as well as the deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody within Australia.
Organised by the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, Saturday’s march will take place from 2pm to 5pm at Melbourne’s Parliament House steps in support of the Black Lives Matter protests currently taking place in America and across the world.
Wednesday 3 June
Floyds death, among others, has forced many Australians to consider our own history of unjust POC deaths in custody. Those wanting to show support, and are able, are encouraged to join the march this Saturday.
Attendees are also reminded that social distancing rules are still in place and should be followed on the day.
Those unable to attend can show support via donating to relevant charities, signing petitions and educating yourself further on the situation. Here are just some of the ways you can get involved:
Charities and funds you can donate to
- Justice for David Dungay Junior
A fund supporting the family of David Dungay Junior, who died in a NSW jail.
A fund that assists freeing Aboriginal women from fines and prison in Western Australia.
- Minnesota Freedom Fund
A group tackling Minnesota's justice system.
- George Floyd Memorial Fund
The official fund supporting George Floyd's family.
Petitions you can sign
- Justice for George Floyd
A petition for charges to be filed on the police officers involved in George Floyd's death.
- Prevent Another Aboriginal Death In Custody
A petition intending to free a terminally ill Aboriginal man from immigration detention.
Image credit: Visit Victoria