CANBERRA, Australia. Prime Minister Julia Gillard was rescued by security from a rioting Aboriginal activists on Australia Day following an insensitive comment made by the opposition leader, Tony Abbott.
The protest began three hours after Abbott criticized the Aboriginal tent embassy, a permanent protest camp that has stood outside the Old Parliament House since 1972. When asked if the embassy was still relevant, Abbott said he thought it was time for them to “move on.”
Protesters surrounded the politicians at their restaurant celebration armed with rocks and sticks. As security rushed Gillard to safety she stumbled and lost a shoe in the scramble, according to news.com.au.