Asylum seeker activists arrested for climbing on the office of Tony Abbott
Four activists who were protesting against the detention of asylum seekers by the Australian government were arrested after they climbed on the roof of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s electorate office Sydney.
Claire Parfitt, one of the protesters said that she was there to show the solidarity with 15 refugees on a hunger strike in Darwin including another man named Martin who is now close to death, said she. The activists, aged between 20 and early 30s being able to climb up to the roof of his office with ease has raised security concerns.
The NSW police said that the issue would be taken to the Australian federal police. Inspector Graeme Pickering said, “But you can rest assured the electoral office of the prime minister and other important buildings like that are regularly patrolled.”
It is understood that the protestors are from Cross Border Collective, a group linked to refugee activists. The group also disrupted the Australian Open men’s tennis final on Sunday after jumping on to the court at Rod Laver arena.
They said, “We have created this international media spectacle today to expose the torture, abuse and horrific conditions that are being perpetrated on Manus Island.” It is believed that the group involved in another incident, a similar protest which delayed a flight from Melbourne to Darwin. As a result of the protest, the flight was delayed by about 50 minutes.