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Australia's PM speaks out after US consulate in Sydney vandalised over Gaza war

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Monday urged activists on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to “de-escalate tensions” after the US consulate in Sydney was vandalised.

A statement released by police said that CCTV footage showed a man wearing a black hoodie using a small hammer to punch nine holes in the toughened glass windows of a building in North Sydney just after 3am.

Two inverted red triangles were also painted on the front of the building, which many consider a symbol of Palestinian resistance.

Albanese urged people to have “respectful political debate and dialogue”.

“People are shocked by what is happening in the Middle East, especially people who have relatives either in Israel or the Palestinian occupied territories,” Albanese told reporters.

“And I just want to say that I reiterate my appeal that tensions be de-escalated and that measures such as painting over the US Consulate will not help advance the interests of those who have committed the crime of damaging property,” Albanese said.

The consulate was closed on Monday due to a public holiday in the state of New South Wales but will reopen on Tuesday, a statement from the consulate said.

New South Wales Premier Chris Minns said the overwhelming majority of Australians did not accept such brutality.

“We can make our points in this country without resorting to violence or malicious behavior,” Minns said.

In April the consulate was sprayed with graffiti, including the words “Free Gaza”. The US Consulate in Melbourne was vandalised by pro-Palestinian activists on 31 May.


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