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Australia: Protest against abuse of children in detention shuts down Melbourne intersection

Australia juvenile abuse protest 1Neelima Choahan, The Age, July 31, 2016

Four women who locked themselves into a makeshift metal cage were preparing to spend the night on the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets to protest against the abuse of children of prisons.

On Saturday, police closed the intersection to all traffic, maintaining only a minimal presence to oversee the crowd of about 100 peaceful agitators.

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Australia orders inquiry after teenage prisoners teargassed, stripped naked

Australia aboriginal youth abused

An aboriginal youth is shackled to a chair and hooded in this still from a video. Photo: CBC News.

Thomson Reuters July 27, 2016

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the treatment of children in detention after the airing of video showing prison guards teargassing teenage inmates and strapping a half-naked, hooded-boy to a chair.

Footage of the abuse of six Aboriginal boys in a juvenile detention centre sparked renewed criticism of Australia’s treatment of Aboriginal people, or Aborigines, and their high imprisonment rate. Read the rest of this entry

Video of alleged abuse of Aboriginal teens at Australian prison prompts investigation