Australian Parliament shut down by protestors video

Protestors are escorted from Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday.
ANDREW MEARES

Protestors are escorted from Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Two dozen protesters shut down Australia's Parliament today with chants about the country's treatment of asylum seekers.

Question time in the House of Representatives was suspended for about 40 minutes while security guards removed the protesters from the public viewing area. 

The group had linked arms, resisting security guards' attempts to remove them, and also glued themselves to handrails.

Security guards drag a man out of the House of Representatives.
ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN

Security guards drag a man out of the House of Representatives.

They shouted "close the camps" and "bring them here", accusing the Coalition and Labor of being world leaders in cruelty.

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Question Time is adjourned due to pro-refugee protestors in the chamber.
ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN

Question Time is adjourned due to pro-refugee protestors in the chamber.

About eight members of Parliament House's internal security detail grappled with the protesters, dragging them out one by one, as uniformed federal police took about 15 minutes to arrive on the scene.

In a rare move, Speaker Tony Smith rapidly suspended question time and three quarters of Liberal MPs left immediately. Labor, the crossbench and some Nationals MPs, however, remained in the chamber while the chanting continued.

They continued to protest when moved out of the House of Representatives chamber. In dramatic scenes, one woman was screaming "don't hurt me" as she was handled by two security guards.

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An organisation called the Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance claimed credit. They disrupted a major economic speech by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in August.

 - Canberra Times

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