A gathering of 120 community members assembled on the front lawn of the Eurobodalla Council offices in Moruya at 10am on Saturday June 13th 2020 to respectfully show their support for the international movement of #BlackLivesMatter and to bring the message closer to home.
Black Lives Matter :Moruya, NSW June 13th 2020 Abiding by the rules of social distancing the assembly was welcomed by a smoking ceremony and then sat quietly on the lawns to hear presentations from one speaker to another, sharing their own stories of being at the receiving end of racisim. One of those attending the gathering and subsequent walk up the main street told the Beagle "While the assembly made reference to the many deaths in custody of aboriginals across the country since 1991 the general sentiment was that it was now time to recognise that history, to name it and to own it as a real part of modern Australian history. It is time to try to move forward and recognise that racism of any kind is not acceptable and that all lives must be respected." Adhering to the social distancing rules required of Covid-19 the gathering then made its orderly way up Vulcan Street to finally disperse at Russ Martin Park. "In general the wider public were supportive of the event with most drivers beeping their horns and only a few resorting to angry incoherent comments shouted from their cars as they blared their horns. As we were not breaching social distancing one can only imagine the hostility was an opinion. It may still take some time to live in a community where we all believe that #everylifematters," our contact said.
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