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2 Australian women climb 162-meter spire to protest deportation of asylum seekers

By WITW Staff on February 19, 2016

Two women climbed to the top of a 162-meter spire in Melbourne on Thursday as part of a protest against the deportation of asylum seekers. Hannah Patchett, 22, and Katherine Woskett, 25 — both professional climbers — clung to the spire of the Melbourne Arts Center for 12 hours. Once atop the structure, they unfurled a banner that read “Let Them Stay,” the slogan of a movement that opposes the federal government’s plans to deport 267 asylum seekers to the island of Nauru. Police were called to the scene and surrounded the spire until the protestors descended, but Patchett and Woskett will not be charged with any crime. Last week, the two women suspended themselves from a Melbourne bridge, and also flew a “Let Them Stay” banner.

Read the full story at The Guardian.