Silent marches continue to highlight Aboriginal deaths in custody

Demonstrators display pictures of Aboriginal people who have died in custody, in Manly on November 3. Photo: Linda Kennedy

About 50 people held a silent march through the beachside suburb of Manly on November 3 against Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Relatives of five victims of the racist criminal justice system who died in police or prison custody were present. These included the families of David Gundy, who died in 1989, TJ Hickey (2004), Mark Mason (2010), Eric Whittaker (2017) and Nathan Reynolds (2018).

Many Aboriginal and non-Indigenous supporters also attended the silent march, which was the eleventh of its kind organised by the Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA) in Sydney and regional New South Wales over recent months.

After travelling from Circular Quay to Manly by ferry, displaying a prominent Aboriginal flag and posters of the victims on the side of the boat, the group walked along the Corso to Manly Beach, finishing up at the electoral office of former prime minister and current Indigenous envoy Tony Abbott.

More than 700 leaflets explaining the truth about Aboriginal deaths in custody were distributed during the march.