Emeute à Yuendumu – septembre 2010

Residents leave Yuendumu after riot

AAP

September 21, 2010

Residents in the embattled central Australian community of Yuendumu have acted against police advice by migrating into Alice Springs, police say.

Tensions between family groups in the remote Aboriginal community escalated early last week following the fatal stabbing of a Yuendumu man in an Alice Springs town camp.

Yuendumu, about 300km northwest of Alice Springs, was in lockdown for several days after riots broke out on September 14.

Families kept in safe house after violent feud

Abc.net.au

Thu Sep 16, 2010

Northern Territory Police say they are keeping three families in a safe house in the Central Australian community of Yuendumu after violence escalated there yesterday.

Dozens of people took to the streets armed with metal bars, sticks and nulla-nullas.

Six cars and one house were set alight and four people were assaulted.

Police say the violence escalated after the stabbing death of a Yuendumu man at Alice Springs and the subsequent arrest of two people.

They are advising people to avoid visiting Yuendumu and are maintaining roadblocks to keep alcohol out of the community.

Alice Springs Commander Anne-Marie Murphy says investigators will arrive this morning.

« [It was] pleasing to hear this morning when I had an update that it was pretty quiet there overnight, » she said.

Earlier this week police increased their numbers in Yuendumu because of ongoing threats of violence between families.

Long-term Yuendumu resident Frank Baarda says the trouble in the community is linked to the stabbing death but it is not payback in the traditional sense.

« A long time ago payback used to be very ritualised and so on, and now it’s not quite the same now; it’s a little bit less structure and so on, » he said.

Mr Baarda warns against drawing conclusions about Yuendumu and worries what the violence will mean for the community’s reputation.

« All I know is that in situations like this, in the past people have tended to overreact and make it sound like it was a war zone, » he said.

« Whilst as I say the place is tense and there’s been some fights and disturbances a few cars got burnt down and it’s not necessarily over because that tension’s still there.

« At the same time, I can say that at the moment things are very calm and that it doesn’t affect non-Warlpiri people that are not directly related to the incident in town. »

Vice-president of the NT branch of the Australian Education Union Stephen Nimmo is also worried about disruptions for the town’s children.

« The violence in the community will automatically lead to fewer kids attending school, » he said.

« Whilst there were 20 kids at the school, there’s normally an awful lot more than 20 kids at that school.

« So that’s obviously having an immediate effect and you’re not sure how long it’s going to take before attendance levels return to normal.

« When this sort of incident happens there’s often relocations of family groups away from the community, which causes a certain amount of unrest.

« In the longer term, it makes it very difficult to staff remote schools because if you’re thinking of working remote in the Northern Territory and you look up Yuendumu and you find violence and lockdowns as the first things on your Google search, you’re probably going to think of maybe working somewhere else. »

Death sparks violence in NT community

AAP

September 15, 2010

A man’s death has sparked a riot in an Aboriginal community in central Australia.

Northern Territory police say they have sent extra officers to Yuendumu, 300km north-west of Alice Springs, following an outbreak of violence on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Acting Senior Sergeant Shaun Gill said five people were injured as street brawls involving up to 50 people broke out in the township.

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He said some of the fighters were armed with sticks, iron bars, spears and nulla nullas.

« Many of these incidents are the result of on-going family conflicts, » he said.

« However, the situation has recently been exacerbated by the death of a Yuendumu man and the subsequent arrest of two people in relation to that death. »

On Tuesday police charged a 20-year-old man with murder over the death of the man, who was assaulted at Warlpiri Camp, near the town, on September 2.

The man was arrested in Yuendumu on Saturday and flown to Alice Springs, where he was interviewed by detectives from the regional investigations division.

A 21-year-old man was also charged over the incident.

Sgt Gill said police were investigating arson attacks in the community which followed the man’s death.

« Police received reports of five cars being torched and one house being set alight, » he said.

« No-one has yet been arrested but several of the offenders have been identified and will be dealt with during the course of the ongoing investigations into the disturbances. »

Yuendumu is one of the largest Aboriginal communities in Australia with a population of about 800 people.

Police from Haasts Bluff and Alice Springs have been sent to the community to help Yuendumu police.

Officers from Nyrippi and Papunya are manning roadblocks.

Police have issued a travel warning and urge motorists to avoid travelling to the community until order is restored.

Cars torched as outback tensions explode

Abc.net.au

Wed Sep 15, 2010

Northern Territory Police are calling for calm in a remote Central Australia community where residents are in lockdown.

Police say up to 50 people are in the streets of Yuendumu, about 300 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs, and many are armed.

Five cars have been set alight today and one house was also set on fire but police say those blazes have now been extinguished.

Police are patrolling the town and reinforcements from the Territory Response Section are travelling to the community.

Northern Territory Police have issued a public travel warning calling for motorists to delay their visit to the community until ongoing disturbances have been resolved.

« During the past 24 hours police have had to deal with numerous disturbances involving armed offenders, » Acting Senior Sergeant Shaun Gill said.

« Many of these incidents are the result of ongoing family conflicts.

« However, the situation has recently been exacerbated by the death of a Yuendumu man and the subsequent arrest of two people in relation to that death. »

He says groups of up to 50 people have been involved in fighting.

He says some of the people have been armed with sticks, iron bars, spears and nulla-nullas.

Up to five people have been injured as a result.

« No-one has yet been arrested but several of the offenders have been identified and will be dealt with during the course of the ongoing investigations into the disturbances. »

The Northern Territory Education Union says teachers and students are inside the school building at Yuendumu.

The union’s Central Australian representative Stephen Nimmo says he has confirmed they are safe.

« I understand that the school is in a lockdown situation, » he said.

« The gates are locked, the staff are inside, they have a number of the kids inside the school. »

Rioting in NT’s Yuendumu

The Australian

September 15, 2010

NT police have converged on the remote community of Yuendumu after a day of rioting saw brawls, cars torched and a house set alight.

Residents were locked down because of the violence, sparked by the death of a local man on September 2 and the subsequent arrest of two others in the community, 300km northwest of Alice Springs.

Acting Senior Sergeant Shaun Gill said the violence was the result of long-running family conflicts in the community, and had seen at least five cars torched and brawls involving up to 50 people armed with iron bars, clubs and spears.

The Northern Territory Education Union’s central Australia representative Stephen Nimmo reported teachers and students were safely locked inside the school building at Yuendumu.

« I understand that the school is in a lockdown situation, » union represent told the ABC. « The gates are locked, the staff are inside, they have a number of the kids inside the school. »

Sergeant Gill said police made no new arrests but identified offenders.Yuendumu is one of the largest Aboriginal communities in Australia with a population of about 800 people.

Police from Haasts Bluff and Alice Springs have been sent to the community to help Yuendumu police, while officers from Nyrippi and Papunya are manning roadblocks.

Informations

Yuendumu is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. It ranks as one of the larger remote communities in central Australia and has a thriving community of Aboriginal artists. Yuendumu lies 293 km northwest of Alice Springs on the Tanami Track, and is a community largely made up of the Warlpiri Aboriginal people, with a population of 817.[3] Yuendumu is located within the Yuendumu Aboriginal Lands Trust area which includes numerous outstations.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 21 septembre 2010.

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