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Nakkiah Lui says Project viewers should be angry about indigenous deaths in custody

An Aboriginal writer and actress on has made an emotional plea on The Project for Australians to be angry about indigenous deaths in custody.  

Nakkiah Lui, a Torres Strait Islander and Gamilaroi woman, spoke after a Tuesday night rally in Sydney inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests in the US. 

Thousands of demonstrators gathered at Hyde Park to protest the death of George Floyd and demand an end to police brutality and Aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia.

'What I'm saying is be angry for us, stand with us, protest with us because we need you. There was never no wonderful Australia,' Ms Lui said while fighting back tears. 

Writer and actress Nakkiah Lui (pictured), who is a Torres Strait Islander and Gamilaroi woman, urged Australians to be angry about indigenous deaths in custody while on The Project on Tuesday night

Prior to her appearance on the program Ms Lui spoke out about Aboriginal deaths in police custody on Twitter.

'Over 424 Aboriginal people have lost theirs lives since the [1991] Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody,' Ms Lui wrote.

'That's 14 people murdered a year. If a white person was murdered every month for 24 years by the same group, we'd call them terrorists. 

'You call it Australia.'

'What I'm saying is be angry for us, stand with us, protest with us because we need you. There was never no wonderful Australia,' Ms Lui said while holding back tears on The Project

Prior to her appearance on the program, Ms Lui posted a tweet on Tuesday afternoon about Aboriginal deaths in police custody. 

When Ms Lui was asked about her tweet by host Carrie Bickmore, she referred to the footage of police officers kneeling on Mr Floyd's neck. 

In the footage, Mr Floyd can be heard telling police he could not breathe moments before his death. 

'So what I want to say is just to the people that are watching, think about your loved ones, what would you do if they died begging for help? What would you do if they died with a knee on their neck?' she said. 

She urged Australians to come together and fight against the mistreatment of Aboriginal people.  

'We can create hope by creating a better world for each other. I don't want to live in a country where names become numbers. I just don't.' 

Her on-air plea was followed by 3,000 protesters marching through Sydney to rally against indigenous deaths in custody in the wake of the alleged murder of George Floyd, 46, during an arrest by police in Minneapolis

Hordes of passionate protesters chanted 'I can't breathe', 'always was always will be Aboriginal land' and 'black lives matter' during the demonstration on Tuesday evening in the heart of the city

Her on-air plea came after an incident in Surry Hills on Monday that saw an Aboriginal teenager taken to hospital after having his legs kicked out from beneath him by an NSW Police officer as he was arrested

This was followed by 3,000 protesters marching through Sydney to rally against indigenous deaths in custody in the wake of the alleged murder of George Floyd. 

Protesters chanted 'I can't breathe', 'always was always will be Aboriginal land' and 'black lives matter' during the demonstration on Tuesday evening in the heart of the city. 

Protesters held signs calling for the end of 'white supremacy', police brutality and racism in Australia following violent protests sweeping across the U.S. since Floyd's death last week. 

'No more black deaths,' 'silence is abuse,' 'black and indigenous lives matter' and 'end police brutality' were among other placards on display.  

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