Australian police arrest Tibetan protesters at Chinese consulate
Updated: 2015-07-23 11:39
Tibetans enter the Chinese consulate in Sydney in this still frame taken from video July 22, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]
SYDNEY - Australian police arrested eight Tibetan protesters who stormed the Chinese consulate in Sydney on Wednesday, including one person who scaled a flagpole to pull down the Chinese flag.
The group of around 50 Tibetan students and former political prisoners were holding a scheduled peaceful protest outside the consulate's gates. When the gates opened to let a truck through, several of the protesters ran into the forecourt.
Eight of the protesters were charged with trespass, a spokeswoman for New South Wales state police said. One of those eight, a 38-year-old woman, was also charged with common assault after allegedly assaulting a consular official.