March To Parliament House, Brisbane 1971

Coverage of the "State of Emergency" demonstration on Wednesday 21st July 1971. This march took place the day before the Springboks rugby team arrived in Brisbane when about 1,400 marched from the University of Queensland to Parliament House in Brisbane city.

The demonstrators met with violent clashes with police who were widely condemned for using "excessive" force. TV cameramen and press photographers were harassed by the police. Legal observers had their film confiscated and destroyed. This event set the tone for the series of demos that followed during the State of Emergency. I'm not aware of any other footage existing from this particular march/demo. There were 36 arrests that day. (6' 51").