Eight people in Australia have been arrested following a protest at Parliament House in which a pram was set on fire and the home of the Prime Minister defaced.
The small group of Extinction Rebellion demonstrators vandalised both Parliament House and the Lodge before being taken into custody.
In extraordinary scenes, the protesters set fire to a pram, set off flares, superglued themselves to the forecourt and used red spray paint to graffiti “duty of care” onto the pillars of Parliament House.
Demonstrators then made their way to the Lodge, where they caused further disruption by using spray paint to deface the wall surrounding the Prime Minister’s home.
The protestors then made their way to the Canberra home of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, where they caused further disruption by setting off flares and spray painting “duty of care” on the fence.
The group was protesting in response to the release of a landmark United Nations report which warned Australia is heading towards a future that could see “1-in-10 year” extreme heat events occur in nine out of ten years.
Addressing the media on the IPCC report, Mr Morrison issued a stern rebuke to the group’s actions.
“The Australian way is not what we have seen with the vandalism in our capital today,” he said.
“I don’t associate in any way, shape or form that foolishness with the good-hearted nature of Australians who care deeply about this issue, as I do.”
Five people – three men and two women – were arrested at parliament. Three men were arrested at The Lodge.
In a statement, ACT Policing said it expected to lay charges, including a Commonwealth charge under the Public Order Act, of causing damage to property, and breach of bail conditions.
Eight protesters have been arrested following the actions in Canberra on Tuesday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
Eight protesters have been arrested following the actions in Canberra on Tuesday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary RamageSource:News Corp Australia
The demonstration is one in a series of protests undertaken by Extinction Rebellion over the past week.
On Friday, the group caused chaos at the Department of Agriculture in Canberra by dousing themselves and the foyer in red paint and supergluing themselves to fixtures.
Last week, more than a dozen protesters targeted the Melbourne office of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, staging a sit out on the roof and chaining themselves to the doors.
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