Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) published a statement about the violent attack by Tibetan separatists on Chinese Consulate General in Sydney, vowing to protect foreign diplomatic and consular missions. One of the protesters is reported to have attempted to take down the Chinese flag from a pole and another assaulted an officer at the consulate. When the gates opened to let a truck through, several of the protesters ran into the forecourt. They tried to crash through the glass door of the main building and some of them pelted stones. Seizing the opportunity, some of the protestors rushed through the gate. A consulate staffer was injured while trying to stop the intrusion, the diplomat said. Eight of the protestors, including the person who climbed the flagpole, were arrested by Australian police on charges of trespassing. “The Australian Government takes very seriously its obligations to protect the safety and dignity of foreign diplomatic and consular missions and condemns all forms of violent protest”, the statement said. Police responded quickly and took the protesters into custody. According to Xinhua, the Australian police apologized for not preventing the incident and promised to “reassess its security contingency plan for foreign diplomatic missions”.
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