More than 60 people gather outside the Mackay Courthouse with members of Anonymous Mackay, in a protest against two police receiving bail over the alleged rape of a woman.
More than 60 people gather outside the Mackay Courthouse with members of Anonymous Mackay, in a protest against two police receiving bail over the alleged rape of a woman. Peter Holt

Bail ruling on police rape case riles protesting crowd

AS ERIN Buchanan marched silently down Brisbane St, she wore no mask, proudly revealing her face and name for a cause she feels strongly about.

The Mackay resident was among a crowd of more than 60 people who protested without a sound outside the Mackay Courthouse yesterday after two police officers were set to appear in court over the alleged rape of a woman while they were on duty.

Ms Buchanan was one of the few who didn't wear a mask and said those who did were part of an organisation and she wanted to represent the everyday person living in Mackay.

"I'm here every day (in Mackay) and someone needs to show their face," she said.

"I just need to be here to represent those who can't and to make a stand."

Ms Buchanan said police were meant to make members of the community feel safe.

"The silent protest was quite powerful," she said.

"Everyone has an aunt, sister, mother or a daughter - so the turnout couldn't have been better and I'm glad everyone is here.

"These people are the voice (of the community)."

A protester, who wore a mask and referred to himself only as "Anonymous", said the 29-year-old constable and the 28-year-old first year constable received "special treatment" by being released on bail.

He said it didn't matter what position a person held within society, they should be treated accordingly.

Event organiser Jayson Maskell-Drew said people as far south as Brisbane and north as Townsville travelled to attend the protest.

"I think it goes to show you that it (the feeling) is resounding through the Queensland community," he said. "A lot of people wanted to jump on board once they realised it was peaceful."

Should protesters wear masks?

This poll ended on 11 May 2014.

Current Results

Yes

47%

No

52%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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