Protesters heckle PM Rudd, challenger Abbott as Australians vote in GE
SYDNEY (AFP) - Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and conservative rival Tony Abbott were both raucously heckled by refugee advocates on Saturday as Australia voted in a general election.
In south Sydney, a group of protesters tried to block the path of the poll favourite opposition leader, screaming: "Refugees welcome, Abbott is not."
Security men intervened and ushered Mr Abbott safely through the jostling crowd and into his car, cutting short a visit to the safe Labor seat of Barton.
The demonstrators included Labor supporters, refugee advocates, and backers of an independent candidate, the Australian Associated Press reported.