Palestine supporters entered Australia’s Parliament, did something using the roof of the building, everyone was shocked

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Police and security advised people not to approach the building’s main entrance directly under the protest, while more people were seen on the roof attempting to remove protesters.

Four pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested on Thursday for climbing onto the roof of Australia’s Parliament House, an act condemned by lawmakers, on the same day a ruling party senator resigned over the government’s stance on Palestine. The protesters stood on the roof of the Canberra building for about an hour and waved black banners, one of which read “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”, a common slogan of pro-Palestinian protesters. One of the protesters delivered a speech using a megaphone and accused the Israeli government of war crimes, a charge it rejects.

Police and security advised people not to approach the building’s main entrance directly under the protest, while more people were seen on the roof attempting to remove protesters. The protesters packed up their banners before being removed by waiting police at about 11:30 am (local time). An Australian Capital Territory Police spokesperson said the four were arrested and charged with trespassing and were banned from Parliament grounds for two years. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese condemned the protests. “We will not forget, we will not forgive, and we will continue to protest,” the protester said.

Australia’s lower house speaker Milton Dick said he had ordered an investigation into how the security breach happened. Ruling Labor Party senator Fatima Peyman quit the party on Thursday and sat as an independent after she was suspended for voting on a motion supporting Palestinian statehood. “Seeing our government’s indifference to one of the greatest injustices of our time makes me question the direction the party is headed,” she told a news conference.

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