NT vigilantes allegedly assault two boys
Northern Territory police have condemned "vigilante" justice after two young teenagers were allegedly bashed and hospitalised in Alice Springs.
The two 13-year-old indigenous boys were attacked by a gang of men outside a bank in Todd Mall on October 13, according to advocacy group Shut Youth Prisons Mparntwe.
As the children were walking home, a ute pulled up and at least four men allegedly jumped out and chased them.
One boy was beaten unconscious after sustaining injuries to his head, while the other boy was kicked as he tried to shield his cousin from the blows, Shut Youth Prisons says.
The same ute had allegedly been seen for the previous two nights following groups of young people in the street.
It comes as a local group calling themselves the 'Night Walkers' have circulated posters on social media claiming they are "protecting our citizens, defending our streets at night from anti-social behaviour".
NT Police investigating the incident have confirmed two men aged 21 and 27 were arrested and charged.
"Northern Territory Police do not support or condone any vigilante activity or anyone taking the law into their own hands," an NT Police spokesperson said.
"We request that members of the public stop and think before potentially putting themselves and others at risk. "
The victims' grandfather and Arrernte traditional owner Bob Palmer said he's concerned for his family's safety.
"Who gives them the right to bash our kids?" he asked.
"We have to put a stop to this. We don't want to wait until one of our kids dies."