• Djab Wurrung supporters allegedly glued their hands to the railing of Victorian Parliament. (Facebook)Source: Facebook
Protesters storm Victorian Parliament interrupting question time, but the Djab Wurrung Embassy says it has no idea the demonstration was planned.
By
Madeline Hayman-Reber

Source:
NITV News
14 Aug 2019 - 4:41 PM  UPDATED 14 Aug 2019 - 9:51 PM

A protest was staged by Djab Wurrung supporters at Victorian Parliament House on Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt to save the sacred trees.

The Djab Wurrung Protection Embassy said while they had no knowledge of the protest being planned, they were grateful for the support.

"This is human behaviour in terms of the governmental system not representing us as the human kind under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and we're just standing up for our human rights," Djab Wurrung Protection Embassy spokesperson DT Zellanach told NITV News.

"They obviously feel the same thing so they've taken it upon themselves to stand up for their human rights. This affects them as well, not just us. This effects nations around the country, all people around the country."

In a video posted to Facebook, the protesters can be heard chanting "listen to Djab Wurrung" with their hands apparently glued to the balcony railing during question time in Victoria Parliament.

Victoria Police officers are then seen attempting to remove the protesters by yanking their hands off the railing. A woman can be heard screaming in pain, before the officer calls her a "stupid girl".

In a statement to NITV News, Victoria Police said they were called to an incident at Parliament house on Tuesday after four people disrupted the Green Room sitting at about 12.15pm.

"A 24-year-old Preston woman was arrested and interviewed regarding criminal damage," said the statement.

Mr Zellanach said that while the Embassy had been served with an eviction notice, it had no plans to vacate the land.

"From our point of view we haven't seen any court documentation or any signatories from a judge or magistrate of any sort. We do believe it was a personal order made by the major roads projects under the authority of [VicRoads Project Manager] Nigel Powers," he said.

The Djab Wurrung have been ordered to leave before August 22, however their legal team is continuing to work on a solution.

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