Protesters use G20 attention to highlight deaths in custody

THE man who was jailed for inciting a riot in the days after Cameron Doomadgee's death in police custody has told indigenous protesters they need to educate their children on the struggles their race had endured.

More than 300 people turned out on Friday for the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy's protest through the streets of Brisbane ahead of this weekend's G20 World Leaders Summit.

The group wanted to highlight the number of aboriginal deaths in custody that had occurred over many decades.

Mr Doomadgee was killed in a Palm Island police cell on November 19, 2004, sparking wide-spread community unrest, numerous criminal trials and a royal commission.

A police officer was charged over his death but was later acquitted.

Former Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council member Lex Wotton told those gathered it was their responsibility to remember those who died while in police custody.

But the controversial figure, who was arrested, convicted, jailed and eventually gagged over the incident, said people could only remember those deaths the community actually knew of.

"Through the 220 odd years of invasion there are lots of reports and stories that have not been told," he said.

"We need to educate the young ones and we need to radicalise them.

"We need them to stand up for themselves."

The protesters made their way through the city streets, under the watchful eye of the massive police presence, to their spiritual home at Musgrave Park in South Brisbane.

Chanting "They say justice, we say murder" the entire length of the route, the protest went off without incident.

However, authorities will have their hands full on Saturday when more than 13 individual groups plan to protest in the Brisbane central business district.

Temperatures are expected to reach more than 40 degrees.

It is understood a major protest is also planned at the University of Queensland ahead of United States President Barack Obama's historic Brisbane speech.


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