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Chaotic scenes outside the old parliament building continue after the front door of the building was consumed by flames. Rescue services were called to the fire at the old parliament building around 11.36am on Thursday. An ESA spokesman said on arrival the crews found the building’s front doors “well lit”. The building was evacuated for safety reasons and the fire was extinguished. About 200 protesters are still at the scene and were reportedly in combat with media teams. Crowds of protesters were reportedly heard shouting “let it burn”. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Around 12.10 a fire alarm could be heard from the old parliament building while the police had formed a line blocking access to the building. ACT police, fire and ambulance were on the scene. From 18 December, First Nations people and allies have met daily at the Tent Embassy for a historic and cultural ceremony, which included the delivery of a deferral notice to the Australian Government Corporation. A man involved in the protest said members of the First Nations community had previously occupied the building’s fortunes. He said they lit a ceremonial fire and when police arrived, they started pushing to the crowd. He said the on-site inspector had stopped police intervention before it escalated further. He and another man involved said police had used pepper spray on protesters. The Canberra Times understands that the pepper spray was water-based and not a fire accelerator. The man said the protesters had taken peaceful acts to and from for two weeks. He said the area before the old parliament building, where the Aboriginal tent embassy stands, was banned from the media and that they had “no jurisdiction”. Shortly before, protesters moved members of the media back with cameras from this area, shouting “tell the truth”. But Albert Hartnett, an activist involved in the Aboriginal tent embassy, ​​said protesters did not create the fire. “They did a smoking ceremony. The police [came out] from inside the building, and they encountered where the smoking ceremony took place, and they sprayed pepper spray on the flames of the fire, “he said.” What they did aggravated the flames. “” It began to burn the top of the roof, which now broke into flames. “The Old Parliament House was used as the seat of Parliament from 1927 to 1988. It is now used as the Museum of Australian Democracy. Chairman of the ACT Heritage Council, Kenneth Heffernan said the building is both an ACT heritage and a federal cultural heritage site. that he hoped the damage from the fire was minor, given the historical significance of the site. “[I] that the damage is proving to be minimal and that good recovery is possible in the near future, “he said.” It is associated with a huge number of really important events in Australian history. It served as the Parliament House during World War II. “It was probably the most famous place for … speech by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam at the dismissal. Mr Heffernan said because of the embassy that the Old Parliament House remained a place of democracy and protest.”[It is a] continued protest site. It really is a place of democracy, “he said. The Aboriginal tent embassy sits outside the old parliament building. The 50th anniversary of the tent embassy will take place in January next year. Videos shared on Twitter appear to show protesters without for the building with smoke billowing out.of Old Parliament House.More on the way.Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community.How to continue accessing our trusted content:



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