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River Stone October Colour - Solidarity With Persecuted Hickey Family. Tisha Hickey. Radical Account Of Solidarity Rally & Trial - TJ Hickey Murder By Police

River Stone October Colour - Solidarity With Persecuted Hickey Family. Tisha Hickey. Radical Account Of Solidarity Rally & Trial - TJ Hickey Murder By Police

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Solidarity with the Persecuted Hickey Family
A Radical Women account of the solidarity rally and trial


By Marisa Sposaro
Radical Women

July 2011

Australian police are often hostile to the poor and are famous for blatant brutality towards Aboriginal people. Police represent the ruling class, with the police force being founded on the theft of Aboriginal land and genocide. On 23 May 2011 a Melbourne contingent, comprised of representatives from Radical Women, Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA) – Melbourne and the Freedom Socialist Party, went to Sydney to defend one of the many Aboriginal families who have been brutalised by NSW police. This was the trial of the persecuted Hickey family who face trumped-up charges of riot. The trial lasted two days and has now been adjourned to 17 October. Some of the more repressive bail conditions on the defendants, such as requirements to report regularly to a police station, have been dropped.

There was a lively solidarity rally outside the Parramatta Court House on the morning the trial commenced. I spoke at the rally representing Radical Women. I was also there in my capacity as a 3CR radio broadcaster to help get the word out. In this article, I’ll share some of my own observations at trial, draw upon the observations of Aboriginal female fighters, and of Comrades from a diverse range of organisations.

Heavy-handed cops. It all started at a birthday party. Tisha Hickey was turning 21. All of her close relatives and friends had come to celebrate the occasion on 4 September 2010. When police swooped on the party because of noise complaint, Tisha Hickey was arrested along with six of her close relatives and friends.

Those arrested have been slapped with up to six serious charges. Tisha, her 54-year-old Aunt Robyn Hickey, her 31-year-old cousin Jade Hickey, Jade’ s partner Jodie McBride and neighbour Karen Bell were all charged with offences ranging from affray, assaulting police, using offensive language and resisting arrest.

Tisha’ s brother and cousin were also charged, but cannot be named because they are minors.

The Hickeys, from Redfern to Riverstone, have faced police harassment over the last six-and-a-half years. NSW police hates them because they continue to seek justice for their beloved relative, TJ Hickey. TJ, a 17-year-old teenager, was killed in February 2004 after racist police chased him through the streets of Redfern when he was riding his bicycle. The result? He was impaled on a fence.

I interviewed Ray Jackson, President of ISJA in Sydney, the day before trial. Ray is absolutely outraged at the behaviour of the police towards the Hickey family. He spoke about the raiding of the family home by police and the horrific charges that were placed on them. Ray makes clear why the police have a special hatred for the Hickey family. “ The mother and father of TJ will not accept the police version that says that the death of TJ was merely some sort of sad accident. It was not. The police chased him and he died as a result of that chase. And the police are still fighting us about putting a plaque up. The police want the words ‘ Police chase’ removed and ‘ tragic accident’ to replace them. That is not going to happen. So the harassment continues.” Cheryl Kaulfuss from ISJA Melbourne also made this link in her speech delivered at the rally. She read a motion passed at a Melbourne public meeting demanding the plaque to remember TJ be erected in its current form. Bowie Hickey, TJ’ s Aunt, is similarly outraged. “ The Hickey family got terrorised at The Block. TJ Hickey died from this police terrorism. All our men are locked up.”

continued: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8234
Solidarity with the Persecuted Hickey Family
A Radical Women account of the solidarity rally and trial


By Marisa Sposaro
Radical Women

July 2011

Australian police are often hostile to the poor and are famous for blatant brutality towards Aboriginal people. Police represent the ruling class, with the police force being founded on the theft of Aboriginal land and genocide. On 23 May 2011 a Melbourne contingent, comprised of representatives from Radical Women, Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA) – Melbourne and the Freedom Socialist Party, went to Sydney to defend one of the many Aboriginal families who have been brutalised by NSW police. This was the trial of the persecuted Hickey family who face trumped-up charges of riot. The trial lasted two days and has now been adjourned to 17 October. Some of the more repressive bail conditions on the defendants, such as requirements to report regularly to a police station, have been dropped.

There was a lively solidarity rally outside the Parramatta Court House on the morning the trial commenced. I spoke at the rally representing Radical Women. I was also there in my capacity as a 3CR radio broadcaster to help get the word out. In this article, I’ll share some of my own observations at trial, draw upon the observations of Aboriginal female fighters, and of Comrades from a diverse range of organisations.

Heavy-handed cops. It all started at a birthday party. Tisha Hickey was turning 21. All of her close relatives and friends had come to celebrate the occasion on 4 September 2010. When police swooped on the party because of noise complaint, Tisha Hickey was arrested along with six of her close relatives and friends.

Those arrested have been slapped with up to six serious charges. Tisha, her 54-year-old Aunt Robyn Hickey, her 31-year-old cousin Jade Hickey, Jade’ s partner Jodie McBride and neighbour Karen Bell were all charged with offences ranging from affray, assaulting police, using offensive language and resisting arrest.

Tisha’ s brother and cousin were also charged, but cannot be named because they are minors.

The Hickeys, from Redfern to Riverstone, have faced police harassment over the last six-and-a-half years. NSW police hates them because they continue to seek justice for their beloved relative, TJ Hickey. TJ, a 17-year-old teenager, was killed in February 2004 after racist police chased him through the streets of Redfern when he was riding his bicycle. The result? He was impaled on a fence.

I interviewed Ray Jackson, President of ISJA in Sydney, the day before trial. Ray is absolutely outraged at the behaviour of the police towards the Hickey family. He spoke about the raiding of the family home by police and the horrific charges that were placed on them. Ray makes clear why the police have a special hatred for the Hickey family. “ The mother and father of TJ will not accept the police version that says that the death of TJ was merely some sort of sad accident. It was not. The police chased him and he died as a result of that chase. And the police are still fighting us about putting a plaque up. The police want the words ‘ Police chase’ removed and ‘ tragic accident’ to replace them. That is not going to happen. So the harassment continues.” Cheryl Kaulfuss from ISJA Melbourne also made this link in her speech delivered at the rally. She read a motion passed at a Melbourne public meeting demanding the plaque to remember TJ be erected in its current form. Bowie Hickey, TJ’ s Aunt, is similarly outraged. “ The Hickey family got terrorised at The Block. TJ Hickey died from this police terrorism. All our men are locked up.”

continued: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8234

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