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Aborigine protesters have kept Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s shoe after she lost it in a protest yesterday, as a symbol of a move to “give us back our country”.

The dark blue size 36 Midas pump is in the possession of Aboriginal elder Pat Eatock, who says Gillard should collect it in a week or it will be sold on ebay.

Ms Eatock, 75, who was the first Aboriginal woman to run for election in Parliament, said: “I see it sitting like Cinderella's shoe in a glass case in a museum 10 years from now as this is part of the history of race relations in Australia.”

Yesterday a protest was sparked yesterday after the opposition leader Tony Abbot suggested that a 40-year-old makeshift Aboriginal tent embassy was no longer relevant.

Gillard and Abbot had to escorted to safety by riot police as an angry mob of around 100-200 people gathered outside an Australia Day event in a Canberra restaurant.

Gillard tripped and lost her shoe as she was ushered by police to a waiting car.

Today unrest continued, as protesters burnt an Australian flag outside Parliament House in Canberra.

Indigenous leaders have demanded calm and called the violence, which they blame on a “splinter group”, a disgrace.
 


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