Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged Australians taking part in Black Lives Matters protests sparked by George Floyd’s death to be “extremely cautious.”
“Australia has its own challenges when it comes to some of the issues that have been raised and we’ll continue to work on those. I mean the Closing the Gap initiative, the work we’re doing with the states in territories, this is important work. I’ve met regularly with the peak indigenous groups in Australia and we’re making good progress on that, working closely with the states and territories. These are important issues that are taken seriously by my government and by governments all around the country and we have to continue to make sure that we progress all of those initiatives.”
An Australian cameraman was struck by American police on live television while covering protests in Washington, D.C., local media reported.
“In terms of some of the violence though that we’re seeing around the world today, for those Australians who find themselves in those situations, I would urge them to show great caution and already we’ve had to provide support as you particularly know for those in the media sector, for journalists who found themselves in those situations, and of course, we’ll continue to provide that support. But I would urge people to be extremely cautious. These are dangerous situations, people should exercise great care in where they’re placing themselves.”
“These are terrifying and horrible scenes. They’re very distressing scenes. And again, thank goodness we live in Australia, eh?”
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