January 27th, 2012
04:20 AM ET

Aborigine protesters burn Australian flag outside Parliament

A group of indigenous Australian protesters made headlines for a second day in a row Friday after they gathered outside the Australian Parliament and set fire to the country's flag.

The move came a day after security officers dragged Prime Minister Julia Gillard out of a Canberra restaurant after scores of angry protesters surrounded the building during a luncheon ceremony.

Aborigine leaders on Friday criticized the actions of the group, saying they jeopardized efforts to reconcile indigenous Australians with the broader society.

Video on the website of the Australian Broadcasting Corp. showed a circle of protesters outside Parliament in Canberra setting light to an Australian flag and chanting, "Always was, always will be Aboriginal land."


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  1. Clydster

    Thats what we need in america to remind the invaders (white people) that this land is not ours. We stole land from the original inhabitantes , killed murdered raped for it and most people forget how it was obtained.through blood, by who? White man . And im white my self and i will never see this land as mine , because its not.

    January 27, 2012 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. It was their land - was

    Where is Israel's support of these people?
    Australia has their own Palestinians! They need pointers on how to properly subjugate these people!

    January 27, 2012 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzy

    The Indigeous Peoples plight, can be likened to, that of the African and Native American history.
    For example; const i tutional recognition, social and economic status, and finally the Media over-dramatization of protesters.

    Moreover; The reader can not help but notice how Australia and the United States Governments like to bring a referendum to the table during general elections.

    January 27, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    And you would be correct in this...as it relates to the United States.
    doesn't relate as much to the Aboriginies.

    Not to mention, if Native Americans decided to burn the American Flag, there would be total hell to pay.
    That probably wouldn't endear the American people to their plight...

    All that being said, the people of the world have always been wanderers.
    Original racelines have been diluted.
    Just about *everyone's* ancestors came from somewhere else...

    January 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat) ©


    Why are you removing my posts today ? You put these articles up to create a discussion, and then when we try to discuss, you censor us. Why ? There were no derrogatory remarks or foul language. Just the truth. I guess YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH. So I guess go ahead and pull this one too.

    January 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzy

    Opssy, I retract that addressed comment to you. Have a nice life.

    January 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    So...my post is gone too. Why? Because the Mods disagreed? OK, I'll say it again. The "natives" in various places lost various wars and therefore the various lands they lived on. It is therefore no longer their land. Not fair. Oh well. That's life. Let's move on. Go ahead. Delete it agian if you disagree, and leave all the pro-native nonsense up there.

    January 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat) ©


    It looks like we're fighting a losing battle with CNN today. But they've letting the ugly stuff go through. Go figure.
    Maybe if I start lacing my comments with racial slurs and profanity it will get accepted. It seems to work for others.

    January 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzy


    January 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzy

    ha ha ha, notice yesterday that mine was the only one to be deleted that was regarding banasy's post

    January 29, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Wenarrex

    you love this? chanel 2011 , just clicks away

    February 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |