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Black Lives Matter protesters strike outrageous turnout at Brisbane gathering

‘They show up when they want 100 Instagram likes’: Black Lives Matter protesters SLAM ‘shameful’ low turnout during protest weeks after tens of thousands stormed the streets

  • Tens of thousands took to the streets weeks after the death of George Floyd
  • But on Saturday, less than a thousand people showed up in Brisbane
  • The organizers were discouraged when 30,000 people marched several weeks ago
  • “It was okay for people to come here and want to be a part of it while pursuing a hundred likes on Instagram,” said Ruby Wharton

Organizers of a Black Lives Matter protest have condemned ‘shameful’ former protesters for not showing up at another demonstration – saying people only show up if they want ‘hundred likes on Instagram’.

Less than a thousand people gathered on Saturday for a Black Lives Matter protest in the city of Brisbane, leaving the organizers discouraged.

A few weeks ago, some 30,000 Queenslanders came to a demonstration after the death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of the police.

A group of protesters is depicted kneeling in solidarity at the Black Lives Matter meeting in Brisbane

A group of protesters is depicted kneeling in solidarity at the Black Lives Matter meeting in Brisbane

Less than a thousand people gathered on Saturday for a Black Lives Matter protest in the city of Brisbane, leaving the organizers discouraged.

Less than a thousand people gathered on Saturday for a Black Lives Matter protest in the city of Brisbane, leaving the organizers discouraged.

Less than a thousand people gathered on Saturday for a Black Lives Matter protest in the city of Brisbane, leaving the organizers discouraged.

A young woman is shown holding up a Black Lives Matter sign while the demonstration kneels

A young woman is shown holding up a Black Lives Matter sign while the demonstration kneels

A young woman is shown holding up a Black Lives Matter sign while the demonstration kneels

Protesters are depicted burning an Australian flag during a Black Lives Matter in Brisbane

Protesters are depicted burning an Australian flag during a Black Lives Matter in Brisbane

Protesters are depicted burning an Australian flag during a Black Lives Matter in Brisbane

A few weeks ago, some 30,000 Queenslanders came to a demonstration after the death of African-American man George Floyd by the Minneapolis police

A few weeks ago, some 30,000 Queenslanders came to a demonstration after the death of African-American man George Floyd by the Minneapolis police

A few weeks ago, some 30,000 Queenslanders came to a demonstration after the death of African-American man George Floyd by the Minneapolis police

“I can’t explain the disappointment,” Gomeroi Kooma woman Ruby Wharton told the small crowd gathered in King George Square on Saturday.

“It was okay for people to come here and want to be a part of it while pursuing a hundred likes on Instagram.”

“That is embarrassing and symbolic,” she said.

Organizer Bogaine Spearim told reporters that the demonstration was intended to continue the worldwide protests that started after Mr Floyd’s death in May.

“Kills continue to occur in Australia – Dave Dungay Jnr said ‘I can’t breathe’ before he died in custody,” he said.

“We’ll keep hitting and disturbing the streets until there is justice.”

Demonstrators take part in a Black Lives Matter) rally in Brisbane's King George Square

Demonstrators take part in a Black Lives Matter) rally in Brisbane's King George Square

Demonstrators take part in a Black Lives Matter) rally in Brisbane’s King George Square

Protesters see an Australian flag burning at a Black Lives Matter meeting in Brisbane

Protesters see an Australian flag burning at a Black Lives Matter meeting in Brisbane

Protesters see an Australian flag burning at a Black Lives Matter meeting in Brisbane

Protesters participate in a Black Lives Matter meeting at King George Square in Brisbane

Protesters participate in a Black Lives Matter meeting at King George Square in Brisbane

Protesters participate in a Black Lives Matter meeting at King George Square in Brisbane

Despite the small turnout, protesters were vociferous, shouting “Always was, always will be Aboriginal country” and “No justice, no peace, no racist police.”

Garrwa and Butchulla man Fred Leone called on the Queensland government to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of black deaths in custody.

“F ** k has all changed since 1991, since the last royal commission,” he said

Black Lives Matter. Not only do they matter because it’s trending, they matter every day. ‘

Protesters hold up a sign that reads Black Lives Matter as they march through the streets of Brisbane

Protesters hold up a sign that reads Black Lives Matter as they march through the streets of Brisbane

Protesters hold up a sign that reads Black Lives Matter as they march through the streets of Brisbane

A protester holds up a sign that says “no more police brutality” at Brisbane Black Lives Matter protest

More than 430 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are known to have died in captivity in Australia since a royal commission on Aboriginal deaths in custody released its final report in 1991.

The organizers are also calling for anti-racism training in schools and an end to police racial profiling.

Dungay died in 2015 after being held by five prison staff at Long Bay prison in Sydney after refusing to stop eating cookies.

A demonstrator wearing a face mask has been shown at the Black Lives Matter meeting in Brisbane

A demonstrator wearing a face mask has been shown at the Black Lives Matter meeting in Brisbane

A demonstrator wearing a face mask has been shown at the Black Lives Matter meeting in Brisbane

Protesters march on King George Square in Brisbane on Saturday to protest the number of indigenous dead under custody

Protesters march on King George Square in Brisbane on Saturday to protest the number of indigenous dead under custody

Protesters march on King George Square in Brisbane on Saturday to protest the number of indigenous dead under custody

A demonstrator holds up a sign that says 'destroy While Supremacy' during the Brisbane Black Lives Matter protest

A protester holds up a sign that says 'destroy While Supremacy' during the Brisbane Black Lives Matter protest

A demonstrator holds up a sign that says ‘destroy While Supremacy’ during the Brisbane Black Lives Matter protest

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