A peaceful protest against the release of Elijah Doughty’s killer has been marred by threatening posters and a counter rally.
Hundreds of protesters hit the streets of Kalgoorlie yesterday to protest the release of Elijah Doughty’s killer who’s freedom could come at any time after reaching his proposed parole date yesterday. The peaceful protest was marred however by a number of disrespectful Kalgoorlie residents who targeted the rally with threatening posters and a counter rally.
MARCH FOR ELIJAH: Around 200 people marched in Kalgoorlie-Boulder today in memory of teenager Elijah Doughty.They were angry that the man sentenced to three years jail for running down Elijah in August 2016 may soon be out on parole.Threatening flyers found near Kalgoorlie train station on the day of the march are being investigated by Kalgoorlie police.
Posted by ABC Goldfields-Esperance on Friday, 23 February 2018
The small counter rally congregated at St Barbara’s Square, the same location where the Justice for Elijah rally was due to be completed. The small group of counter rally protesters held All lives matter signs, more police and calls for Malcolm Turnbull to help reduce crime in the town. Police eventually had to ask the counter rally protesters to move on.
It is this lack of empathy and disrespect that has seen Kalgoorlie viewed by many as one of the most racist towns in Australia, second only to Alice Springs. Just last month saw residents of Kalgoorlie celebrating Australia Day with the Nazi Flag on display.