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No arrests, only fines, at Sydney Black Lives Matter march, says organisers

Leetona Dungay, the mother of David Dungay Jr, says the family will present a petition to parliament at 3pm today after a protest was broken up by police earlier.

Dungay, whose son died in Long Bail Jail in 2015, had offered to call the protest off if the NSW government ordered an investigation by Worksafe or the DPP into his death.

Dungay family member Lizzie Jarrett said that no people had been arrested – contrary to media reports – only fined.

Leetona Dungay said:

We were in bunches of 20s, and the police just come up and stop it. We asked people to disperse with us, and it was unaccountable for what they have done to [organiser] Paddy Gibson. He’s copping a fine now for it.

We’re gonna go to parliament house to put a petition, and we should have nearly 300,000 on the list ... We’d like all the people to come there, keep dispersed in 20s, even if we have got a line down the whole street. The petition should push for them to be accountable for what they did to my son.

David Dungay’s mother, Leetona Dungay, in Sydney for the Black Lives Matter rally.

David Dungay’s mother, Leetona Dungay, in Sydney for the Black Lives Matter rally. Photograph: Carly Earl/The Guardian

Jarrett said there were more police than protestors, and police issued move on orders and fines, but did not arrest anybody to her knowledge.

The police decided to come in with the intimidation tactics and make it totally un-Covid safe from their point of view, not from ours.

They took an organiser of ours, Paddy Gibson, but we’re smarter than that, and he didn’t get arrested, thank goodness. He might have gotten a fine, but that’s ok. A couple of other organisers were fined. But we’re taking control back now as a family.

The advice to any allies right now is please go and entertain yourself safely in the city, please keep your distance, but at 3 o’clock if you want to be with us we will be at parliament where we will be giving the petition to David Shoebridge.

Police and a protester during the Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney today.

Police and a protester during the Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney today. Photograph: Joel Carrett/EPA

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