Busting civil rights

As the then Premier of NSW said in 1976 after the Great Cattle Truck Bust at Tuntable Falls in Nimbin, The real question is whether there was some overkill.

On August 12, 1976, 60 armed police raided the new Tuntable Falls community just before dawn. They arrested 42 residents (some at gunpoint) and herded them to a mustering point on a ridge above the valley (some in a cattle truck). All this, as was decided by the courts later, was illegal. In any case, only one person had any pot.

Nimbin has a long history of being the victim of hippy bashing. The presence of the Riot Squad at this years MardiGrass (what a festering sore of terrorist violence that event is) and the recent weekend-long roadblocks around the village show that not a lot has changed.

But Nimbin is a tough town. Every action has a reaction and the unfair treatment of the community results in that community drawing even closer together. Nimbin was portrayed in state parliament by our representative as another Macquarie Fields waiting to happen. Very helpful.

So, realising that its representatives wont help it, Nimbin will help itself by raising the profile of such discrimination and denial of its civil rights in the best way it knows through theatre, music and good old fashioned people power.

This Saturday, August 12, Nimbin will celebrate 30 years of police overkill and the Great Cattle Truck Bust of 76 at midday (high noon) in the main street. Street theatre, live bands, raves, remembrances and a reverse re-enactment are planned (this time the cops get put in the cattle truck). Hmmm. Id like to see how that pans out...

Sounds like a lot of fun.


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