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Protestors rally in Brisbane against deaths in custody

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 11 December 2004

Hundreds have gathered in central Brisbane for a national day of action over the death in custody of Cameron Doomadgee on Palm Island.

At least 700 Indigenous and non Indigenous people have gathered in Brisbane's Roma Street Forum to show solidarity to the family of Cameron Doomadgee and the residents of Palm Island.

The day of action began with a moment's silence then Cameron Doomadgee's cousin Alex addressed the crowd.

"It's not a nice thing when we have to come together when one of our brothers dies in custody," he told the crowd.

"I'm sure there's not a person here who hasn't got an uncle or aunty or brother who has been harassed or arrested by the police and then they cover it up and say they didn't do it."

A small number of police watched the rally from a distance.

Organisers plan to later march through the city to Musgrave Park.

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