Two protestors from the #LetThemStay movement scaled Arts Centre Melbourne’s spire to a height of 126 metres.
The art of protest has been a strong feature in Australia this week. Following the viral success of Tim Minchin’s Come Home (Cardinal Pell) song, which raised over $178,000 for victims of child abuse, an anti-deportation demonstration briefly shut down the Melbourne Arts Centre earlier today.
Two women scaled the iconic spire of the building, chaining themselves to the top as part of the #LetThemStay campaign to stop the government from deporting 267 asylum seeking refugees back to Nauru. Identified as Hannah Patchett and Katherine Woskett in a report published by Fairfax, the two protesters scaled the spire to a height of 126 metres at 3:30am this morning, unfurling a huge #LetThemStay banner.
In an apparent display of solidarity, the Arts Centre issued a statement via Victorian Police saying that they would not be pressing charges against the two protestors. Performances at the Arts Centre this evening have not been disrupted by the incident.