Three condoms containing purple powder have been thrown at British Prime Minister Tony Blair during his "Prime Minister's Questions." Blair was
hit in the back. The powder came from a gallery normally reserved for distinguished guests.
A witness states a white man in shirt sleeves forced his way forward with a "balloon" containing some sort of powder. The powder also showered over
Members of Parliament, who were seen shaking the powder from their jackets.
Health Secretary Dr John Reid reportedly breathed in a "lungfull" of the powder.
Initial tests show the powder is a benign substance and is not believed to pose a health hazard. It is believed to be flour dyed purple.
Ron Davies, 44, of Worthing, has been named as the man responsible for throwing the substance.
Scotland Yard has arrested the two men and anti-terrorist detectives will conduct the investigation. He was later seen wearing a blue boiler suit (or
prison jumpsuit) and being forcibly escorted out by authorites.
One condom hit Blair and bounced to hit Gordon Brown next to him. Officials screamed "get out now!" Parliament has been cleared.
Two men were dragged away by security staff, with one continuing to hurl powder for several seconds. The area they were in recently had a bulletproof
security screen installed, however the first three rows of the section are in front of the screen. The two men were seated or made their way to these
rows to throw the powder.
The two men were apparently signed in to the VIP area by former Labour MP Baroness Golding. "I have spoken to the Speaker offering my unreserved
apologies to him and through him to my former colleagues in the Commons," she said.
The Deputy Prime Minister quickly covered the powder with papers in an attempt to contain it.
A group called "Fathers for Justice"
have reportedly claimed responsibility. A spokesman for the group
called the attack a "justified protest." A spokesman said they used purple powder because "purple is the international color for equality."
This event raises serious concerns over security for its government officials.
David Davies, Shadow Home Affair spokesman, has stated Britain is "complacent" about security.
David Blunkett, Home Secretary, has called for greater restrictions of movement in the House.
Commons leader Peter Hain said: "This was a serious incident. I have asked for an immediate report on the circumstances and what additional security
provisions may be necessary."
[Edited on 19-5-2004 by Banshee]
[Edited on 19-5-2004 by SkepticOverlord]