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Dylan Voller arrested with mother at deaths protest 

Former Don Dale Youth Detention Centre detainee Dylan Voller and his mother Joanne have been arrested at a rally in Alice Springs.

Northern Territory Police confirmed the pair were apprehended after marching from the local courthouse on Friday to protest against youth prisons and Aboriginal deaths in custody.

The former teen inmate was teargassed, spithooded and shackled to a restraint chair while behind bars in a scandal that sparked the NT juvenile justice royal commission. 

Former Don Dale Youth Detention Centre detainee Dylan Voller and his mother Joanne have been arrested at a rally (pictured) in Alice Springs

Northern Territory Police confirmed the pair was apprehended after marching in protest

Northern Territory Police confirmed the pair was apprehended after marching in protest

Mr Voller (left and right) was protesting against youth prisons and Aboriginal deaths in custody

The 19-year-old and his mother were among about 10  other people taken into custody, according to Perth Now. 

In a Facebook video, the former detainee can be heard saying he would ‘take it on the chin’ and ‘do [his] time’ in jail.  

It is believed Mr Voller’s sister Kirra was speaking to the crowd when he and his mother were pushed to the ground before being put in the back of police cars, ABC News reported.  

‘They just chucked me in the paddy wagon and brought me to the watch house and then when we got out they said for disorderly behaviour,’ Mr Voller was heard saying in a Facebook video.

‘This is my f*** up, this is my f*** up and I’ll take it, but I didn’t get locked up for nothing,’ he said.

‘Black lives matter … more importantly justice for Elijah [Doughty].

‘They can put me in jail, it’s not going to silence me. I’ll still be talking from jail.’ 

One protester told ABC News the peaceful rally turned violent after police tried to move people off the road, in which they were ‘rough in their handling of people’.

The 19-year-old and his mother were amoung about ten other people taken into custody 

The 19-year-old and his mother were amoung about ten other people taken into custody 

This is my f*** up, this is my f*** up and I'll take it, but I didn't get locked up for nothing,' Mr Voller (pictured) said on a Facebook video

This is my f*** up, this is my f*** up and I’ll take it, but I didn’t get locked up for nothing,’ Mr Voller (pictured) said on a Facebook video

The rally was organised by Indigenous action group Shut Youth Prisons Mparntwe to remember those who died in custody

The rally was organised by Indigenous action group Shut Youth Prisons Mparntwe to remember those who died in custody

A spokesperson for Alice Springs Council told Fairfax Media the group, including Mr Voller (pictured), did not have a permit to host the rally

A spokesperson for Alice Springs Council told Fairfax Media the group, including Mr Voller (pictured), did not have a permit to host the rally

‘In the scuffle a camera person who was filming one of the arrests was knocked to the ground and was then kicked by a police officer,’ the protester said. 

The rally was organised by Indigenous action group Shut Youth Prisons Mparntwe to remember those who died in custody.

A spokesperson for Alice Springs Council told Fairfax Media the group did not have a permit to host the rally.      

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