Shocking footage has emerged of bare-knuckle brawlers in a remote Aboriginal community fighting each other in the street as large crowds gather.
The mobile phone footage shows more than a dozen fistfights among locals in the remote Western Australian community of Balgo in the Kimberley region.
The crowd of onlookers, including children and teenagers, encourage the men and women, some of whom don’t appear to be much older, to trade punches and then cheer when a big hit is landed.
One video shows locals hurling rocks and carrying weapons as smoke billows from the blazing wreck of a car in the background.
In another a local man poses for a photograph in front of a vehicle that has just been destroyed with pipes and bats.
The incidents have grown so blatant in recent weeks that local Aboriginal advocacy agencies have reached out to authorities for help.
What caused the recent spate of violence in is unclear.
The Kimberley region in the northwest of the state has family and domestic assault rates 13 time higher than in the state’s capital Perth.
Balgo itself has been the site of community violence in the past when in 2014 a large number of locals armed themselves with weapons including axes and rocks and fought on the streets, reportedly sparked by feuding families.
A WA police spokesperson said they had met with representatives from the community on Tuesday and will meet again with local women on Wednesday.
‘Police officers from across the Kimberley attended a meeting in Balgo, facilitated by a local Aboriginal agency, to address a range of issues affecting the men of the Balgo community,’ the spokeswoman told The West Australian.
The spokesperson said a meeting with female community representatives would be conducted discussing the videos and domestic violence issues.
The crowds watching the altercations appear to be more than 150 people on some of the videos – almost half of Balgo’s population of about 350 locals.
Simone McGurk, WA Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister, told the publication the videos could further ingrain violence in the community.
‘Unfortunately, bringing attention to these videos may have the perverse effect of encouraging those involved to make more of them. But, of course, I am concerned to see organised fights with what appears to be young children watching on.’ Ms McGurk said.
‘This kind of behaviour has the potential to normalise violence, which we all know can have sad and terrible consequences.’
Ms McGurk said her department along with police and other agencies are working tirelessly to deal with the issues of family violence in the region.
She said herself and WA premier Mark McGowan had just last week announced a $28million package to address household violence across Western Australian.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted WA Police for comment.