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Julia Gillard 'rescued' amid Australia Day protests

Australian PM Julia Gillard and leader of the opposition Tony Abbott had to be rescued after becoming trapped by an angry protest, local media reports.

About 50 police escorted the pair from Canberra's Lobby restaurant after it was surrounded by some 200 supporters of the city's Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

Mr Abbott had reportedly angered them by suggesting it was time for the camp - marking its 40th year - to come down.

The pair had been at a ceremony for the inaugural National Emergency Medals.

The honours - presented as the country marked Australia Day - were introduced to recognise those who served their communities during events such as the 2009 bushfires in Victoria and the floods in Queensland in 2010 and 2011.

But Australia's newspapers reported that riot police we

Added: Jan-26-2012 Occurred On: Jan-26-2012
Regional News, Politics
Tags: PM, Australia, Julia, Gillard, attacked, aboriginal, hippies, Day, protests
Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia (load item map)
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