Australia state opposition leader raises security concerns after Opera House protest

13:36, December 15, 2009      

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Australia's New South Wales (NSW) Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell raised serious security concerns following reports that five people dressed in black climbed a sail of the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday.

The five, all Greenpeace activists, were arrested by police but not before unfurling a giant banner reading "Stop The Politics, Climate Treaty Now", calling for world leaders to deliver a legally binding climate treaty at the climate summit in Copenhagen.

"If it's done as easily as people protesting, can you imagine how easily it would be done by people who want to do some real damage to the Opera House and the harbour bridge," O'Farrell noted.

He said the NSW government had promised the Opera House would have "24/7 security" following previous demonstrations targeting it.

O'Farrell added the state government had previously expressed concerns the Opera House could be a terrorist target.

Source: Xinhua
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