Australian Parliament shut down by protestors
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.
They shouted "close the camps" and "bring them here", accusing the Coalition and Labor of being world leaders in cruelty.
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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.
Incredibly wild scary scenes in parliament as protesters dragged away pic.twitter.com/YYDeHwiBQA— Michael Koziol (@michaelkoziol) November 30, 2016
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