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