Australian PM Julia Gillard rescued by bodyguards during Australia Day protest (Video)

By on Jan 26, 2012 in Australia, International, Politics Comments

Updated: January 27, 2012 4:35 p.m.

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was rescued by her bodyguards during a protest, as shown in the video below, on Thursday, January 26, 2012, which is also being celebrated as Australia Day.

Australian PM Julia Gillard, being rescued
by bodyguards during the Australia Day protest

Image Credit: Lukas Coch/EPA

According to Australian news sites that day, Ms. Julia Gillard was trapped inside a building in Canberra, along with opposition leader Tony Abbott when demonstrators outside began to bang windows of the restaurant at the lobby.

As noted in reports, around 50 local police escorted the two leaders outside the building, which was surrounded by nearly 200 protesters calling for Aboriginal rights and shouting at the prime minister of Australia.

Michael Anderson, founder of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, which was established in 1972, told reports that the group became mad by Mr Abbott‘s comments earlier that day in Sydney, that the embassy is “no longer relevant”.

“I think the indigenous people of Australia can be very proud of the respect in which they are held by every Australian. I think a lot has changed since then, and I think it probably is time to move on from that.” A statement of Abott was quoted at The Daily Telegraph.

Ms. Gillard was noted to be shaken while being rescued and lost her shoe before she was able to ride a white car that brought her away from the building, with demonstrators still trying to follow the vehicle.

Apparently, supporters of Aboriginal Tent Embassy have gathered for three days to mark the 40th anniversary of the tent embassy, which most of them calls the Australia Day as Invasion Day.

Nevertheless, the Australian leader was said to be uninjured and no one was arrested during the chaos.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard rescued from Aborigine protesters
Video Credit: TelegraphTV/YouTube

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