Police rescue Gillard from race protests

2012-01-26 10:00

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Thursday had to be bundled out of a Canberra restaurant by security service agents after it was surrounded by furious Aboriginal rights protesters.

Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott were stranded in The Lobby restaurant as they were pursued by dozens of demonstrators from a nearby protest of Australia Day, which marks the arrival of British settlers in 1788.

The two leaders were dramatically escorted through the crowd by security agents and riot police brandishing shields, and the visibly rattled Gillard tripped and fell during the rush.

The demonstrators had reportedly pounded the building's glass walls, shouting "shame" and "racist".

They had been attending so-called "Invasion Day" commemorations at the nearby Aboriginal tent embassy, a permanent camp of indigenous activists celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Michael Anderson, founder of the tent embassy, said the group had been angered by remarks made by Abbott earlier in the day about the embassy no longer being relevant.

"He said the Aboriginal embassy had to go, we heard it on a radio broadcast," Anderson told the Australian Associated Press news agency.

"We thought no way, so we circled around the building."

"What (Abbott) said amounts to inciting racial riots," he added.

Aborigines, whose cultures stretch back tens of thousands of years, are believed to have numbered around one million at the time of British settlement, but there are now just 470 000 out of a total population of 22 million.

They are Australia's most disadvantaged minority, with shorter life expectancy and much higher rates of imprisonment and disease than their non-Aboriginal counterparts.


  • Grace - 2012-01-26 10:49

    Fun and games down under

  • Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-26 10:52

    It's a pity for the native people of Australia that the Brits saw it necessary to send their undesirable delenquent social misfits to their homeland.

      Isikhulu - 2012-01-26 11:07

      I think that is pot calling the kettle .......(ooops) how do you change a proverb to be politically correct? Eish comrade, if the umlungu is so bad, why must we wear their clothes(sunglasses, branded shoes etc) and want their property (not land but bulidings, houses, machinery, profitable contracts and planted fields)? Why can we not just live like our ancestors?

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-26 11:34

      @Isikhulu Modern serfs are socialised into believing they are better off than the unfortu-nate souls who lived on the margins, in the jungles of Africa. The Aborigenes aren't all dead and you have a government celebrating their subjugation. This is an action expected of psychopaths and a total disregard for the native people of that country,

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-26 12:03

      Silky little argument. The Bushmen are normadic, African and have never recognised the artificial borders which are a European construct.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-26 13:42

      The Bushman of Southern Africa are not oppressed (were never oppressed) and are free to move between the countries you have mentioned without any requirements of a passport or a visa. The only incident I heard was the Botswana government restricting their movement because of a certain environmental law in that country. The Ngunis in the Eastern Cape inter-married between the the Khoi and share a dialect for some words. This oppression is all in your imagination to justify you own barbarity towards the natives to soothe your conscience. All the examples you are referring to happened thousands of years ago and it hasn't been even 20 years in this country. The fuzzy logic of your argument is admirable, but futile, and in reality, pretty weak.

      rod.buchan - 2012-01-26 14:09

      Ha!!Ha! Mthuthuzeli it was us White honkies over here that dragged them into an acceptable modern civilisation from the Stone Age they were living in,i guess a bit like the first European settlers to the Cape did for your peple righ!?

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-26 14:27

      @Vivian Stupid questions have no answers. Your question qualifies as a profoundly stupid one. @Rod An enlightened American once wrote: “True the white man brought great change. But the varied fruits of his civilization, though highly colored and inviting, are sickening and deadening. And if it be the part of civilization to maim, rob, and thwart, then what is progress? I am going to venture that the man who sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures, and acknowledging unity with the universe of things, was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization.” Would we accept a Russian justification of Stalin’s rule, including the enormous toll in human suffering, on the ground that he made Russia a great industrial power?

      gbbfg - 2012-01-26 14:57

      Mthuthuzeli you seem to be fighting against everything your government does.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-26 15:17

      You can only go back in time if you have a time travel machine. How about the Australian government became aware of the insensivity whith which this celebration has on "their country men" and stopped being the uncarring bastards that they are. It is nothing less than absolute foolishness to apologise for something you had no control over. The best you can offer is sympathy; not contrition.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-26 15:40

      There's been no systematic persecution of Busnmen by Bantu speaking Africans. You referred to the history of Southern Africa and yet you are relying on an incident that supposedly took place in the 90s to date, nice try. Dress it up any way you choose. If that's tough to swallow, keep chewing and keep a glass of water nearby, but give the straw-grasping a rest.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-01-26 12:00

    Face of colonialism, a lot of local rednecks troop to Australia every year, im not suprised

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-26 12:13

      Their continued celebration of conquering their supposed country men shows a lack of self-awareness that borders on the psychotic. The Afrikaaners had a similar holiday (6 April) in this country but we chose inclusivity and reconciliation.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-01-26 12:24

      They ar doing well at the expense of local Aboriginal people. Nobody invited them there

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-26 12:34

      It's actually not that many that leave for Oz nowadays. The rush ended long ago. Can you blame anyone who's been a victim of crime more times than they can handle? And it's not just white people that go. I know 2 Black families and an Indian family that emigrated there 'cause they were sick of the crime. I don't see what's wrong with the Afrikaans celebrating the 6th of April (At least when they did pre-1994, I mean). It is the date that their culture was founded. Do you have a problem with Jewish people 'cause they have their own holidays? Are they being exclusionary? But that's just this 'umlungu's' opinion. Use it / don't use it.

      Jou - 2012-01-26 12:37

      They were invited by the Aussies surely.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-01-26 13:02

      Western Australia is a well known racists hotspot!!! Its easy to say u ran away from crime in S.A when infact u ran away because nobody could call you Baas anymore!!! I pity those Aboriginal people. They are being forced into exstinction from their own land.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-26 13:14

      Ask the Palestinians what they thing about the Naqba, re Jewish holidays. The celebration of April 6 by the Afrikaaners depend on what they were celebrating (you say their culture) and how these celebrations were manifesting themselves, and what proclamations went with this celebration. If I remember my history from high school, they were celebrating their arrival (Drommedaris)in the Cape and this arrival was something that was lamantable to the majority people of this country because it brought about suffering and subjugation to them. Fortunately the people that sat at CODESA were more intelligent than us!

      rod.buchan - 2012-01-26 14:18

      NO Cosmos i atcually think the so called red necks as you call them are pretty well the cream of the South African people that want to get away from what appears to be pathologically racist people like you & come to live inb a truly democrtric nation like Australia right?

      Balan - 2012-01-28 11:28

      Cosmos O' Ndebele, You are an Idiot, reason first, come and live in Australia and then you can comment, Aussies are hard and smart workers, not like you lazy bunch, thats why the aud gaining more and more over the rand.

  • Andre - 2012-01-26 12:25

    The Ausies can't be that bad, they were, after all, selected by some of the best judges England had at the time!

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-26 12:38

      You have such a sharp wit!

      rod.buchan - 2012-01-26 14:29

      Hey Andre so some of our early peoples were so called convicted criminals (true) which incidentally might have meant the stole a loaf of bread & got transported to Australia (not much eh?) but by their endevours went towards building a great nation from nothing./we turned out better than S.Africa (understatement) righ!? Happy Australia day!!

  • RobertKeeling - 2012-01-26 13:48

    "They are Australia's most disadvantaged minority, with shorter life expectancy and much higher rates of imprisonment and disease than their non-Aboriginal counterparts." Oh well, then the problem will go away, not so? "

      rod.buchan - 2012-01-26 14:41

      Sadly enough you pretty well hit the nail on the head Robert Keeling with that comment,But dont get it wrong we do have A few indigenous fellow citizens that atcually pull their weight & contribute to Austrlaian society so it not all bad news!

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