PM Julia Gillard
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Gillard and Abbott trapped by protest

ABOUT 200 protesters trapped Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in a Canberra restaurant before police arrived to clear a passage for the pair.

The protesters, from the nearby Aboriginal tent embassy, banged on the three glass sides of The Lobby restaurant chanting "shame" and "racist".

Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott had just spoken at a ceremony for the inaugural national emergency medals.

At least 50 police, including the riot squad, were called to the scene soon after 2.30pm.

The two leaders, protected by police and security officers, escaped through a side door after about 20 minutes.

Read more on the Brisbane Times.



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