International media have been publishing stories full of archived images depicting Aboriginal people in chains which were claimed to only have been released recently.
One article by The Sun claimed the images were released on the anniversary of the United nations declaration on the rights of Indigenous people. The truth is that these images of Aboriginal men and children in chains have been around for a long time. In recent years Indigenous Facebook pages have been trying to share the images with the international community however our voices often fall upon deaf ears. Many of the following images contain images of Aboriginal men and children in chains who were often chained up by the neck and sent to Aboriginal concentration camps.
The images also highlight Australia’s history of slavery. All of this history as well as present day issues are often suppressed in Australia and subsequently overseas as well. Now that the truth is being recognised internationally, will there be any pressure for justice to be served for the theft of a continent and an ongoing attempt to wipe out our culture and rights? Will we see international sanctions imposed on Australia, similar to those imposed upon South Africa? The argument that all this happened under Britain’s rule is not true. All of these images are from after 1901 when Australia became a nation. The neck chains were used well up until the 1960’s and only used on our people.
Neck chains were used while Aboriginal men were marched from their homelands into prisons, concentration camps known as missions or forced into slavery. Women were also forced into slavery as domestic servants.
The oppression continues today as well. Just this week the United Nations handed down yet another scathing report on Australia’s lack of effort when it comes to improving the shocking rates of suicide, incarceration, health and education. Australia doesn’t even bother responding to these reports any more. There is no pressure for them to do so. They have created the perfect strangle hold on our existence as they try to force us to assimilate into their toxic and destructive society.
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