Man Charged After Fire at Old Parliament House in Australia

Australian police charged a 30-year-old Victorian man for allegedly deliberately setting the Old Parliament House in Canberra on fire on Dec. 30.

In a joint statement on Jan. 3, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Policing said that they charged the man with arson and damaging Commonwealth property.

The man, whose name has not been disclosed, will appear at the ACT Magistrates Court on Jan. 4, according to the police.

Police said they arrested the man at about 8:20 p.m. local time on Jan. 2 in Parkes, ACT.

The latest arrest came after ACT Police arrested three others on Jan. 1.

The three individuals appeared in court on Jan. 2 — two of whom were charged with assaulting a frontline service provider while the other was charged with hindering a Territory official.

Investigations to identify other people involved in the fire continue and further arrests may occur, police said.

The fire occurred during protests that turned violent, with police using pepper spray at the crowd of protesters.


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