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Aus.: Justice groups to boycott Commonwealth Games

Black GST Campaign Welcomes Victorian Traditional Owner Land Justice Group Endorsement

The Victorian Traditional Owner Land Justice Group (VTOLJG) which represents the first nation groups of the State of Victoria unanimously agreed today to support the boycott the Commonwealth Games until the Government recognises Traditional Owner rights.

"The Black GST Campaign welcomes the support of VTOLJG as formal support from the Traditional Owners of Victoria for the Stolenwealth Games Convergence. While some seek to divide and discredit Indigenous Australia, this support is further evidence that the Aboriginal people are united in opposition to the ongoing criminal genocide that is being perpetrated against the Aboriginal people" said Robbie Thorpe today.

"We now have endorsement from the VTOLJG and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy for the aims and objectives of the Campaign and we are looking forward to hosting all indigenous and non-indigenous supporters from across Australia in March."

The Convergence will be held in Kings Domain in Melbourne for the duration of the Commonwealth Games as a peaceful, family-focussed demonstration against genocide, and for the restoration of sovereignty and the negotiations towards a Treaty.

Text of VTOLJG motion as follows:

That the VTOLJG encourages Traditional Owners to boycott the Commonwealth Games until such time as the Government guarantees recognition of Traditional Ownership rights in their own country. The group asserts that culture has been misappropriated in preparation for the Games.

Carried Unanimously.

ENDS

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