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Aussie grannies march through Sydney demanding end to "colonial violence" against indigenous kids

Xinhua, August 4, 2016 Adjust font size:

Aussie grannies marched through the streets of Australia's largest city Sydney on Thursday protesting the numbers of indigenous youth held in detention following an explosive report into the Northern Territory's criminal justice system.

Australian national television in July aired vision showing guards at the Don Dale youth detention facility in Darwin teargassing teenage aboriginal inmates and strapping a half-naked hooded boy to a chair, events the United Nations have likened to torture.

It's a particular sore point for Australia's aboriginal community which make up 94 percent of the Northern Territory's inmates, prompting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to launch an official investigation into the treatment of youth in detention.

"The torture of children in the Darwin youth detention centre is symptomatic of the institutionalised child abuse perpetrated by these systems of forced removal," the group called Grandmothers Against Removals said in a statement on Thursday. August 4 is Australia's national Aboriginal and Torres strait islander day.

They claim forced removals of indigenous children into "out of home care" have increased 400 percent increase since former Australian Prime Minister apologized to the Stolen Generation in 2007 to be far more than those took during the genocide of the stolen generation.

Instead they demand all indigenous children in foster care and detention be sent back to their communities which its claimed will stop the actions they compare to the stolen generation, with the government funds redirected into community support programs under aboriginal control.

The majority of Indigenous Australians languish at the bottom of nearly ever social and economic indicator, while aboriginal kids are 28 times more likely to end up in prison than non-aboriginals. Endit