Hundreds of protestors booed and chanted during a controversial 20-minute promotion displayed on the famed sails of the Sydney Opera House Tuesday. The demonstrators also shined their cell phone lights in an attempt to block the images.
The promotion was put on by Racing New South Wales to advertise the TAB Everest Stakes, billed as the world's richest turf race.
The display was originally nixed by the Opera House's chief executive but that decision was overruled by a state official who said the promotion was positive for Sydney's economy and tourism.
“People on all sides of politics need to understand the Opera House is bigger than a horse race,” Sydney councilor Jess Scully told the crowd. “This house represents the best Australia can be and we are turning it into a billboard.”
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