The 26 January 2012 incident where Australia’s Prime Minister Gillard was dragged away by security forces to a car and speeded away has been portrayed by the media as an attack or riot on Australia Day.
Selective scenes have been used to give people the impression of a violent mob threatening the Prime Minister and the opposition leader. When the video footage failed to display evidence of such violence, they then replaced some video footage with photo images of the Prime Minister dragged almost on the ground by the security officer to create the right atmosphere to justify their narration.
The police said that they will not charge anybody over the incident, and some writers begin to compare the Australia Day incident with the 2005 racially motivated Cronulla Riot; and then believe that it is unfair not to arrest the “rioters” over the incident.
The truth is that while the protesters may be noisy by chanting slogans with a small number patting on the restaurant glass window, they are not violent at all and I cannot see any video footage presented by the Australian media showing any evidence of protesters slamming or smashing the glass window.
Unfortunately, to find out the truth, we have to move away from the mainstream media in Australia for an answer. This Washington Post video shows footage of the Prime Minister being rushed from the restaurant to the car without any sign of aggression by protesters:
Anybody who comes by any video footage showing protesters violence please let everybody know by adding a link at the end of this article in the comments.
Colonialism has been resented by the world after the Second World War. It is unwise to continue to celebrate Australia Day based on the arrival of the British Colonistd on 26 January 1788; the feeling of our First people have to be respected. Australia Day should be an inclusive day that represents all Australians in this country. It is time to remove the Union Jack from our flag and change Australia Day to another date.
Written on 30 Jan 2012 by Wei Ling Chua, author of the book: Racism in Australia—The Causes, Incidents, Reasoning and Solutions.