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What is happening in Australia’s Aboriginal communities? Reports are emerging of forced removal and quarantine camps, but the real facts on the ground are hard to establish.
Off-Guardian, Nov 26 2021

The last few days we have heard some alarming reports about how the Northern Territories of Australia are treating their indigenous communities. Tweets and videos have emerged claiming aboriginal people are being removed from their land and sent to “quarantine centres,” allegedly to protect them from the virus. Some representatives of the community have sent out videos asking for “international aid,” and claiming Aboriginal communities are being placed under “martial law” and people are being removed from their homes “at gunpoint.”

At a protest against the measures, one aboriginal elder was violently arrested by officers witnesses claim were not wearing ID badges. Another elder, June Mills, posted a video to facebook expressing concern about how difficult it is to get information out of the locked down communities. She says she has heard that the army is “removing people against their will”, ending with the emotive cry “they are killing us!”

Australia has been so rapidly descending into a fascist hellhole that none of this, if true, would be at all surprising. The very fact they have a huge quarantine camp they unironically refer to as “The Centre for National Resilience” should be a massive red flag for everyone. Michael Gunner, Chief Minister of the Northern Territories, was a caricature of wide-eyed zealotry in a recent press conference. When asked whether vaccine mandates might alienate some people, even those already vaccinated he said:

If you support or give comfort to anybody who argues against the vaccine, you are an anti-vaxxer, I don’t care what your personal vaccination status is.

The phrase “give comfort to” should alarm people, because it’s only ever used in warlike settings, discussing treason and collusion. “Giving comfort to the enemy.“ In another press conference, Gunner also announced a “hard lockdown” in aboriginal communities, meaning people are not allowed to leave their homes except for medical treatment or if required by law. Adding that people are being “removed” to quarantine centres in military trucks. Not just people diagnosed with “covid,” but “close contacts” too:

Police are going door to door in Aboriginal communities to “intensively engage” with those who do not want the “vaccine.” All this is being sold in the mainstream as “concern” for communities which could be “extra vulnerable.” Voices on social media, who are totally real, and not at all shills there to control the narrative, are claiming strict measures are necessary to protect indigenous Australians from Covid, because it would rip through their communities “like syphilis did to the Native Americans.” There is, so far, very little evidence to support this fearmongering. However, written statements allegedly from people detained are emerging online saying they are being well taken care of and that “irresponsible” social media posts are “hurting people.” Amnesty UK issued a press release condemning the moves, but this was swiftly countermanded by Amnesty Australia, and dismissed as “disinformation” in the press and by Michael Gunner as “conspiracy theorising” from “tinfoil hat-wearing tossers.” Some other Australian states are already building quarantine camps specifically for Aboriginal communities. South Australia announced a tender for these camps last week, with press coverage underlining they would be only for those people who are “unable to isolate at home.” Whether genuinely well-intentioned or not, it can certainly be argued this is an example of massive governmental overreach, especially for a virus that is at worst a bad seasonal flu. It’s a convoluted and complex situation, with the real facts being hard to establish. Whatever the reality, it’s a situation that bears close watching.

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