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Australia PM urges activists to ‘flip the warmth down’ after US Consulate vandalized over Gaza conflict

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Pro-Palestinian symbols are spray-painted on the U.S. consulate in Sydney, Australia June 10, 2024.
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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese urged activists on each side of the Israel-Palestinian debate to “turn the heat down” after the U.S. Consulate in Sydney was vandalised on June 10.

CCTV footage confirmed an individual sporting a darkish hoodie utilizing a small sledgehammer to smash 9 holes within the strengthened glass home windows of the constructing in North Sydney after 3 a.m., a police assertion stated. Two inverted purple triangles, seen by many as an emblem of Palestinian resistance, have been additionally painted on the entrance of the constructing.

Mr. Albanese urged folks to have “respectful political debate and discourse.” “People are traumatized by what is going on in the Middle East, particularly those with relatives in either Israel or in the Palestinian Occupied Territories,” he informed reporters.

“And I just say, again, reiterate my call to turn the heat down and measures such as painting the U.S. consulate do nothing to advance the cause of those who have committed what is, of course, a crime to damage property,” he stated.

Police investigate vandalism at the U.S. consulate in Sydney, on June 10, 2024.

Police examine vandalism on the U.S. consulate in Sydney, on June 10, 2024.
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AP

The consulate was closed on June 10 due to a public vacation in New South Wales, however would reopen on June 11, a consulate assertion stated.

New South Wales Premier Chris Minns stated an awesome majority of Australians didn’t approve of such vandalism. “We can make our point in this country without resorting to violence or malicious behavior,” he stated.

The consulate was sprayed with graffiti in April, together with the phrases “Freee (sic) Gaza.” The U.S. Consulate in Melbourne was vandalised by pro-Palestinian activists on May 31.

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