Prime Minister Scott Morrison had to be whisked away flanked by security guards as he fled protesters calling him a “coward” and “scum”, additionally splashing red paint on his car.
Mr Morrison, who labelled the incident as “unfortunate”, had toured the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology for a media event at the University of Queensland in Brisbane on Monday morning before up to 50 activists gathered to berate him over his refugee policies.
Refugee Solidarity Meanjin, which has been running a campaign outside a Kangaroo Point hotel where 120 refugees have been held under medevac laws for months, gatecrashed media present and blockaded the doorways. Protesters held signs that read “free the refugees”, “indefinite detention is torture” and chanted for their freedom.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk described the activists’ behaviour as “completely unacceptable” and added “everyone should be showing respect”.