Four people arrested after protesters allegedly tried to enter Parliament in Canberra

Four people were arrested and police used capsicum spray to disperse protesters after a group of them allegedly attempted to enter Parliament in Canberra this morning.

ACT police said three men and a woman were taken to ACT Watch House when a small group of protesters approached the building.

Police allege they were trying to enter the building to illegally protest.

The group of around 30 to 40 people appeared to be protesting Indigenous sovereignty and Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.

OC spray, also known as capsicum spray, was used by officers from the ACT Protective Services and Australian Federal Police in an attempt to disperse the crowd.

No charges have yet been laid.

The arrests follow a number of other protests that have taken place at the Old Parliament in recent weeks, including two cases where the building was set on fire.

The protesters’ actions have been denounced by the nearby Aboriginal Tent Embassy and former local Aborigines as they prepare to mark the 50th anniversary of the Tent Embassy, ​​which was established on the day of the Australia in 1972.

A 30-year-old Victorian man has been charged with arson and damage to Commonwealth property in the second fire at Old Parliament House on December 30.

The fire severely damaged the doors and charred the exterior portico beyond repair.


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