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Palm Is rally will be peaceful, say organisers

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 9 December 2004

A north Queensland community justice group says the re-arrest of a Palm Island man for breaching his bail will not cause added tension at an Indigenous rally in Townsville today.

Facing charges of looting and burglary, Cedric Barry was released on bail on Monday.

Among the strict conditions placed on him and 18 others charged with offences in the Palm Island riot was that he report to police daily.

He failed to do so on Tuesday and appeared in court yesterday charged with a breach of his bail conditions.

Townsville Thuringowa Community Justice Group chair Graham Pattel says the arrest will not lead to trouble at today's march.

"We will not be provoked by that action... we will keep our cool and we will promote still a peaceful march," he said.

Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson says the alleged Palm Island rioters should take no part in today's march and rally.

Mr Atkinson says the Indigenous community has the right to protest over the death in custody of Cameron Doomadgee as long as it is done peacefully.

He says the people charged with rioting must stay away

"We're hopeful that the people who've been granted bail comply with the conditions of the bail," he said.

"My understanding is that one of those conditions is that the people who've been granted bail not engage in protest activity related to this matter, so one would be hopeful they'd comply with those conditions."

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