RSL Anger at Desecration at Australian War Memorial

Media Release RSL Australia

The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) has expressed its anger and condemnation at the desecration of the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials in Canberra.

It’s understood that overnight, pro-Palestine graffiti was painted on the War Memorials in the nation’s capital.

RSL National President Greg Melick says the desecration of the nation’s sacred places by these cowardly vandals is deplorable and the perpetrators should face the full force of the law.

“These War Memorials honour those who have sacrificed to protect and preserve the freedoms that all Australians enjoy and the daubing of protest slogans is nothing short of despicable,” he said.

“It is dishonorable in the extreme to use War Memorials as a platform for protest.

“The RSL trusts that the cowards and vandals responsible will be apprehended and receive the strongest appropriate punishment from the courts.

“That is what all fair-minded Australians would expect.”

Mr Melick said people are entitled to protest, but the defilement of memorial to those who served, suffered and died in the service of the Australian nation does absolutely nothing to advance the vandals’ cause.

“They are desecrating the memory of those who served and sacrificed to give them the right to protest, but that right should be used responsibly,” Greg Melick said.

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