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Campaigners burn Australian flag

Supporters of indigenous rights have burned an Australian flag on the steps of the nation's Parliament House.

Around 200 protesters marched in Canberra and burned the flag in front of a wall of police. No one was hurt and the protesters left minutes later.

The protest follows an angry clash with police on Thursday outside a restaurant where prime minister Julia Gillard appeared at an event for Australia Day, which marks the day British colonists arrived.

Ms Gillard lost a shoe as her security team rushed her through the fray.

Indigenous-rights protesters had the shoe. It was not clear whether they would give it back, but Ms Gillard said she is in a "fortunate situation" and has a few other pairs.


From Belfast Telegraph