Michael McCormack's Black Lives Matter comments condemned by nephew of David Dungay Jr - ABC News

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The nephew of an Aboriginal man who died in custody has condemned the Acting Prime Minister for his comments about the Black Lives Matter movement.

  • Paul Silva says Michael McCormack's comments about the Black Lives Matter movement were "disgusting"
  • His uncle, a 26-year-old Dunghutti man from Kempsey, died in custody in 2015
  • Mr Silva is a leading Aboriginal and Black Lives Matter activist in the community

David Dungay Jr, a 26-year-old Dunghutti man from Kempsey on the New South Wales Mid North Coast, died in Sydney's Long Bay Prison hospital in 2015 after being forcibly moved to an observation cell, restrained face down, and sedated.

His nephew Paul Silva has been an advocate for the Black Lives Matter campaign, previously organising a rally in Mr Dungay Jr's home town.

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Paul Silva and Aunty Gwenda Stanley at the Black Lives Matter rally in Kempsey last year.(ABC Mid North Coast: Kirstie Wellauer)

He said Michael McCormack's recent comments comparing last year's BLM protests and the riot at the US Capitol building were "disgusting".

"We go out and protest for racial justice and the killing of black people by police and law enforcement officers, yet the people who invaded the Capitol, they're Nazis who want to bring about a supremacist regime.

"There's no comparison."

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Call for televised apology

Mr Silva also condemned Mr McCormack's use of the term "all lives matter", which is associated with criticising the Black Lives Matter movement.

"It's very disgusting that the [Acting] Prime Minister of Australia can go out and say that 'all lives matter' when it's known very well around the world that it's a slug recognised against the Black Lives Matter protest and our fight for justice," Mr Silva said.

"Saying 'all lives matter' when you have the First Nations people out there saying 'black lives matter' and 'Aboriginal lives matter', it's just disgusting that he would say that.

"It makes me feel, that for an Acting Prime Minister to say that, how are the First Nation people going to get justice anyway if he is going to compare our peaceful protest and our peaceful fight for justice against fascists that stormed the Capitol building?"

Mr Silva has called on the Acting PM to publicly apologise for his comments.

"And I could tell it's not acceptable for First Nations people around here fighting for equality and fighting for justice."

When asked about it on Tuesday, Mr McCormack doubled down on his remarks saying "any form of violence" should be condemned.

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