PM's Howard car attacked by peace activists.
Australia: The first question is why the police didn't start beating the hell out of them when they got this close to the car. Unacceptable.
|PRIME Minister John Howard was mobbed in Perth by anti-war protesters who demanded an end to bloodshed in the Middle East. As Mr Howard left the WA Liberal Party conference, protesters punched, kicked and threw projectiles at his car. Police struggled to keep them at bay, but one person managed to break the flag on the PM's car. Protesters shouted "We want peace", while carrying pamphlets saying: "Cluster bombs are used by Israel to burn our families in Lebanon. Is this fair?" Two men were arrested and thrown into a police van before being taken to Perth Central, where some protesters gathered. A police spokesman said the men had been charged with disorderly conduct. An angry crowd rushed the PM's car as it left the conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. "I believe a gentleman tried to throw himself on a car, but that was dealt with quickly by Protective Services," a police officer said. "We were surprised by the approach. It was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration." A protester said the Australian Government should be doing all it could to end the bloodshed in Lebanon. "We want a ceasefire," he said. "We are trying to get a message through to the Prime Minister that this is not right. "We are all Australian citizens and all have feelings and love for all those dying across the world. They have been left with no food, no power, just because they do not have the military power of the US and the Jewish people."|