The Freedom Fighters of Australia, led by Charlie Perkins, experienced problems in NSW towns of Walgett and Moree, what were these problems?
#32243. Asked by sun. (Apr 24 03 2:15 AM)
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Basically the 'Freedom Riders' were challenging the racial discrimination in Australia against aborigines.
'In Walgett ...the RSL Club refused to admit Aboriginal ex-servicemen.'
'In Moree we ...challenged a discriminatory by-law of the local council which barred Aborigines, ... from using the town swimming pool.'
'A reporter's most vivid memory is that of a Black woman and a White woman fighting - tearing hair, scratching and slapping'
'While police and town officials sometimes handled students a little roughly, this was nothing compared to the actions of the townspeople'
'Perkins clearest memories are the flying gravel, the tomatoes and rotten eggs, the spit, the shout ...... He thought they were going to be killed'
'Coonamble, about an hour's drive east of Walgett also had a segregated cinema. '
'...had been beaten up by local racists. Bruised and bloody, he had been reluctantly treated by a local doctor..'
'Some locals had taken to his Citroen 2CV with an axe. They broke every piece of glass, and stove in the sump.'
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