U.S. Consulate in Sydney Attacked: Nine Windows Smashed, Entrance Painted Red

Early Monday morning, the U.S. Consulate in Sydney was attacked, resulting in smashed windows and red paint on the entrance door, amidst escalating tensions and protests related to the Middle East conflict

by Sededin Dedovic
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U.S. Consulate in Sydney Attacked: Nine Windows Smashed, Entrance Painted Red
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The New South Wales Police reported that nine windows at the consulate were smashed and the entrance door was painted red around 3 a.m. local time, ABC News reports. The U.S. Consulate in Sydney, Australia, was attacked early Monday with a hammer and sprayed with paint, Anadolu Agency reports.

Investigation Launched

The New South Wales Police stated that nine windows at the consulate were smashed and the entrance door was painted red around 3 a.m. local time, ABC News reports. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese condemned the incident, calling for "political debate and discourse with respect." "People are traumatized by what is happening in the Middle East, especially those with relatives in Israel or the occupied Palestinian territories," Albanese said at a press conference.

The police have launched an investigation to bring those responsible to justice.

Unrest Across Australia

Police in Melbourne intervened by throwing tear gas at thousands of demonstrators protesting against Israeli attacks on Gaza, Anadolu Agency reports.

Around 3,000 people attended the "Free Palestine" protest held in the southern city of Melbourne, "9News" reported. Police, who arrived in the area to disperse the demonstrators, used tear gas against Palestinian supporters gathered in the city center.

Clashes occurred between the police and demonstrators during the action. Speaking to local media, Nasser Mashni, one of the demonstrators and president of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network, stated that tear gas was used before tension erupted between the police and demonstrators.

"I am very disappointed with the police who decided to use tear gas against thousands of peaceful demonstrators marching for justice in Palestine," Mashni said. On the other hand, it was reported that nine windows of the U.S.

Consulate in Sydney were smashed. The New South Wales Police shared that the inverted triangle, a symbol used by Palestinian supporters, was drawn in red paint on the consulate’s entrance door. Australia has a large population of Arab origin, with a large network of non-governmental left-wing associations that have organized several protests so far.

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