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Greens MPs sponsor BLM protesters to gather at Parliament House

A small group of Black Lives Matter protesters have gathered on the steps of Parliament House in Sydney to hand over a petition.

It comes after a demonstration in The Domain was quickly dispersed by police, who arrested six people including protest organiser Paddy Gibson, and issued five with $1000 fines.

Relatives of David Dungay Junior, who died in Long Bay jail in 2016, have handed Greens MP David Shoebridge a petition calling for a fresh inquest.

2GB reporter Clinton Maynard crossed to Jim Wilson this afternoon from the forecourt at Parliament House.

“[Newtown MP Jenny Leong] sponsored [Mr Gibson] to come into the grounds of Parliament House and that has occurred only minutes after he was released from police.”

Jim Wilson said they shouldn’t have been allowed in.

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Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing told Jim Wilson he’s hopeful the small turnout at the protest shows warnings from police and community leaders were heeded.

“This is a health issue, Jim. We want people to express themselves … but just when it’s safe to do so.”

Mr Willing rejected suggestions the police were heavy-handed in their response.

“The police operation was measured, it was tempered. It’s not like we didn’t warn people that these could be the consequences.”

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Image: Twitter/Clinton Maynard

 

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