Tear-Gassing Of Protesters Outside WH Has Caused Diplomatic Rift With Australia

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Australian officials have asked for an investigation into the attack on two Australian journalists by U.S. police.

A diplomatic rift has opened between Australia and the United States after an Australian television crew was attacked by police as they cleared Lafayette Square ahead of President Trump’s visit to a nearby church on Monday.

  • According to Agence France Presse, Australia is investigating the incident, which was caught live on camera.

  • 7NEWS cameraman Tim Meyers was seen on video being hit with a riot shield and punched in the face by a police officer, while reporter Amelia Brace was hit with a truncheon.

  • The journalists also said they were later tear-gassed and shot with rubber bullets.

  • Australia Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Tuesday: "We have asked the Australian embassy in Washington, DC to investigate this incident.”

  • Payne also suggested a formal complaint would be made, saying: “I want to get further advice on how we would go about registering Australia's strong concerns with the responsible local authorities in Washington.”

  • US Ambassador to Australia Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. also responded to the incident, writing on Twitter: "We take mistreatment of journalists seriously, as do all who take democracy seriously."

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