Revolutionary Marxist activist Paddy Gibson and some of his comrades are planning yet another Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest in Sydney on Monday October 26th.
Gibson along with Karly Warner (CEO of the NSW Aboriginal Legal Service) held a press conference on October 16th behind NSW Parliament house, announcing that their rally will be held on Monday in the Domain. The Domain of course is the same location where Gibson was unceremoniously arrested in July for trying to hold yet another BLM rally in defiance of the NSW Supreme court.
Gibson and his collaborators have been encouraged by a recent Supreme Court ruling which allowed a demonstration organised by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) as long as it was properly COVID safe and are convinced that this event won’t end up as the same humiliating debacle as their last attempt.
At the press conference Gibson declared that the protest would demand a “proper First Nations-led inquiry” that would be “independent of NSW police and Corrections” into the debunked aboriginal “deaths in custody” issue (Indigenous people are less likely than non-Indigenous people to die in prison custody). Gibson also called for an end to jail sentences for aboriginal people who commit crimes, which seems… interesting.
Gibson belongs to the “Solidarity” group. Solidarity is a revolutionary Trotskyist organisation founded when veteran Marxist Ian Rintoul broke away from the International Socialist Organisation in 2003 . The Unshackled readers would perhaps remember them as the group who organised a rally against the “racist” Morrison government closing the borders to China to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. If not for that you might remember them as the people who first broke the Coronavirus bans to hold another protest for “refugees” in Melbourne earlier this year.
As a revolutionary Marxist group Solidarity by definition believes that Australia is an immoral social construct created to perpetuate “patriarchal white-supremacist imperialist capitalism” and so has no right to exist. As a long term activist and organiser for the group since at least 2005 there is absolutely no doubt that Gibson shares these views. The fact that Karly Warner the CEO of the taxpayer funded NSW Aboriginal Legal Service feels no hesitation in holding press conferences and organising events with him should be all that is required to have any sensible government take a closer look at the millions in State and Federal government funding that the NSW Aboriginal Legal Service receives each year.