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The Australian umbrella incident

Even polite Australians are fed up with protestors.

This story was submitted by someone who witnessed the incident in an underground station in


"There were protesters on the Flagstaff station concourse handing out pamphlets criticising Australia for its policy towards political refugees, Muslims who were looking for a better life, participation in the Iraq war and continued presence in Afghanistan.

I was approached by a protestor with a pamphlet but politely declined to take one.

An elderly woman behind me was getting off the escalator and a young (20-ish) female protester
offered her a pamphlet, which she also politely declined.

The young protester put her hand on the woman's shoulder as a gesture of friendship and in a

quiet voice said; 'Madam, don't you care about the children of Iraq?'

The elderly woman looked up at her and said; 'My dear, my father died in North Africa

during World War 2, I lost my husband in Korea and my grandson in Afghanistan.
All three died so you could have the right to stand here and criticise our country.
If you touch me again, I'll stick this umbrella up your arse and trust me, I'll open it'."

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