Two women protesting against the offshore processing of asylum seekers have climbed about 100 metres up the spire of Melbourne’s Arts Centre.
The women unfurled a banner saying “Let them stay”, and are hoping to spread the message to Melbourne residents.
Police decided not to climb the spire due to safety risks, but have cordoned off the base of the spire and are monitoring a small group of protesters. One protester was wearing a mask of Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.
“When there are unjust laws it is our duty as citizens to stand up and say this is wrong,” a Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance (WACA) spokeswoman told The Newsroom.
WACA named the two women as Hannah Patchett, 22, and Katherine Wosket, 25. Both women are experienced climbers, the spokeswoman said.
— WACA (@akaWACA) February 18, 2016
“They want to stay there for as long as it takes to get the message out,” she added.
“They believe the risks they are taking are nothing compared to the risks people face every day on Manus Island and Nauru Island prison camps.” — Megan Simmonds
Photo of protesters from Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance’s official Twitter feed.