Lex Wotton, the heroic Palm Islander who was jailed after leading protests against racist police violence, is set to break a long silence.
He has confirmed his intention to speak at the Marxism 2014 conference in Melbourne next weekend, 17-20 April.
In 2008 Wotton was sentenced to seven years’ prison, reduced to six for time already served, for his role in a 2004 protest. The protest occurred after Mulrunji Doomadgee was killed in the Palm Island police station. During the protest, the police station and courthouse were burned to the ground.
Wotton was released on parole in July 2010, but onerous conditions barred him from speaking to the media about his case.