1 October: A woman set alight an Australian flag at the ANZAC War Memorial in the centre of Sydney on Wednesday afternoon.
NSW police were called to the historic memorial in Hyde Park at midday after reports that a fire was burning inside the building.
The flag caught on fire after the woman lowered the flag into the memorial’s Flame of Rememberance. She is understood to be of caucasian appearance and aged between 35 and 45 years old. The burning of the flag was captured on CCTV and police remain in the Sydney CBD searching for the suspect.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Victor Dominello condemned the act. “Not only is this criminal behaviour, it’s deeply disrespectful of the Memorial and all it represents,” Mr Dominello said. “It is deeply concerning that any person would seek to desecrate the Australian flag. Doing so on this sacred site makes it all the more reprehensible.”
The memorial remained closed throughout Wednesday afternoon as police investigated the incident.