Protesters stormed the High Court yesterday after it rejected a legal challenge against the Northern Territory intervention according to the Canberra Times.
About 50 protesters, indigenous and non-indigenous, charged through the front doors 15 minutes after the court handed down its decision. The crowd overwhelmed security guards, chanting ”Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land” and waving flags and banners.
Scuffles broke out between police and the protesters, and one man was arrested. The crowd dispersed after a half-hour stand-off with police.
The High Court rejected claims from the traditional owners of the Arnhem Land community of Maningrida that aspects of the intervention, including land acquisition, were unconstitutional.
Whatever you think of the decision (or the intervention for that matter), storming of our legal institutions simply because you don’t agree with the decision is reprehensible. If you think it’s wrong, appeal, don’t riot.