Australian police arrest kangaroo cull protesters


CANBERRA — Police arrested eight protesters on Wednesday as they tried to stop a cull of hundreds of kangaroos on a military base near the Australian capital, and local Aborigines joined the campaign against the slaughter. Elders from the local indigenous Ngunnawal clan said they were reclaiming the land from the Australian Defence Force, lighting a small ceremonial fire which they attempted to carry onto the defence communications site.

“We are claiming our land and that’s what our sacred fire means,” elder Isobel Coe shouted at police as protesters forced their way to the site of the cull. Police arrested four men and four women, who will face trespass charges.