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Australia: Tent embassy prepares to leave the Block as Indigenous housing ‘guaranteed’

Aboriginal men and women raise their arms in support at the Block in Redfern before negotiations resolved the dispute. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Aboriginal men and women raise their arms in support at the Block in Redfern before negotiations resolved the dispute. Photo: Kate Geraghty

by Rick Feneley, Sydney Morning Herald, August 27, 2015

The Redfern Aboriginal tent embassy is preparing to walk away from the Block, claiming it has seized a moral victory from the jaws of legal defeat under a $70 million deal that will see 62 homes built for Indigenous families.

Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has been brokering the deal with the Aboriginal Housing Company, which will learn in the Supreme Court on Thursday morning when it can evict its Indigenous rivals, the tent embassy protesters who have occupied the historic site for 15 months. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Hundreds Attend TJ Hickey March for Justice, Cops Try to Shut it Down

Hundreds participated in march for justice for TJ Hickey in Sydney, Australia, on Feb 14, 2015.

Hundreds participated in march for justice for TJ Hickey in Sydney, Australia, on Feb 14, 2015.

by Warrior Publications, Feb 15, 2015

On Feb 14, 2015, hundreds of people participated in the 11th Annual March for Justice for TJ Hickey, a young Aboriginal man who died fleeing from police in Sydney’s Redfern district in 2004.   A large police presence accompanied the rally, with police attempting to seize banners implicating cops in Hickey’s death and assaulting people in the march.  Before the march, police also attempted to restrict the route of the march, and have warned that this will be the last march for justice for TJ Hickey.  Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Protesters scale buildings to stop bulldozing of The Block

One of several banners at The Bloc, an aboriginal housing site set to be demolished, July 7, 2014.

One of several banners at The Bloc, an aboriginal housing site set to be demolished, July 7, 2014.

James Robertson, Sydney Morning Herald, July 7, 2014

Two protesters have scaled buildings at The Block in Redfern with banners early on July 7, 2014. Construction work is due to begin today and the protesters have vowed to blockade the site to stop the Aboriginal Housing Commission’s planned commercial redevelopment.

About 200 protesters gathered at The Block in Redfern on Monday as tensions flared over the fear that the site will be bulldozed for redevelopment. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Aboriginal Tent Embassy is Reclaiming the Black Heart of Sydney

Aboriginal tent redfern 1By Paul Gregoire, Vice, 

As you approach the Aboriginal tent embassy on the Block in Redfern, inner city Sydney, you see the sacred fire burning within a large circle marked on the ground, serving to cleanse the area. Some ten metres up from the fire, at the edge of the Block, the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) has erected a sign that reads: “Warning. Private Property.”
On Saturday, a group of more than 200 protesters gathered in support of the tent embassy that was established on National Sorry Day, May 26 [2014].

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