Today (25th September 2014) Aboriginal artist Richard Bell posted this:
Aboriginal people have practiced peaceful resistance since, at the latest, the mid 1930s. Vincent Lingiari led a strike by Aboriginal stockmen at Wattie Creek that lasted for eight years – easily the longest worker’s strike in Australian history, perhaps the longest in the World. The Aboriginal Tent Embassy was a brilliant and powerful use of symbolism. Those events were peaceful protests. All our recent struggles have been peaceful, yet were faced with violence. We have persisted with peaceful, dignified and creative protest along the way.
It’s interesting that anyone else in this country would think it is okay for them to choose violence when we, the original owners of this land, don’t.
While we need to be mindful of not participating in and thus contributing to the current media hysteria around the increased national security levels and terrorist threats, (and Richard is mindful of this), I think Richard’s statement is pertinent to anyone who believes that intentionally violent protests (including acts of terror) would be acceptable.
This is first and foremost Aboriginal land. And that should not be forgotten.