– Activists including children burned an Australian flag and vowed to keep protesting against political leaders during another display of anger in Canberra yesterday.
A 15-year-old Aboriginal girl, alongside activist Wayne Coco-Wharton, proudly helped light the flag outside Parliament House.
The girl, whose family asked that she not be named, said her relatives had been “murdered and raped” and she hated the symbol of the Union Jack.
Mr Coco-Wharton was one of the activists who led about 100 people to Parliament House to protest against the “invasion” of Australia more than 200 years ago, and to call for Aboriginal sovereignty.
The march involved people shouting “Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land” and led to the closure of several roads in Canberra.
But there were no ugly scenes like those on Thursday outside a Canberra restaurant, where 50 police were called in and Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition leader Tony Abbott were rushed to safety.
The debacle received widespread coverage overseas, with British media describing it as “a lost shoe scuffle”, and a “scrum”.
US broadcaster Fox News showed scenes of what it described as Ms Gillard escaping an “angry mob”.
Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott praised police for their actions, although there was some public criticism about the perceived rough handling of Ms Gillard, who was swept off her feet.
Australian Federal Police national manager of protection Michael Outram defended the officers’ approach.
He said that “an investigation has commenced”.
One of the founders of the Aboriginal tent embassy, Michael Anderson, said people should “get over” the protest and denied it had been violent.
But the group’s actions have been criticised by some other indigenous leaders, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island social justice commissioner Mick Gooda, and former ALP national president Warren Mundine.
Mr Anderson and other Aboriginal activists said they wanted sovereignty over Australia as original inhabitants of the land, and would keep campaigning for action.
Another activist leader, Paul Coe, dismissed concerns and said Australians should recognise the place of indigenous people in the nation – Matt Johnston


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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