Five charged over cenotaph desecration
Five men have been arrested and charged after the cenotaph in Martin Place was desecrated in Sydney's CBD on the weekend.
Police on Monday appealed for public help to identify the men seen on CCTV climbing on the cenotaph and sitting on the shoulders of the bronze statue of a soldier about 3.10am on Saturday.
The group is accused of vandalism that damaged the soldier's bayonet.
One man, aged 21, was on Monday afternoon charged with damaging property and committing an offensive act on a war memorial.
He was granted conditional bail to appear before Downing Centre Local Court on June 28.
Three others, aged 19, 20 and 21, were issued court attendance notices for desecrating a protected place.
The fifth man, also 21, was issued a court attendance notice for offensive conduct.
Earlier Premier Gladys Berejiklian condemned the vandalism, saying it's important to understand the sacrifices made by veterans.
"I think it's really hurtful that a small number of Australians don't appreciate the sacrifices many Australians made, who lost their lives and lost their livelihoods over many, many decades for our freedoms," Ms Berejiklian told reporters.
"It's incumbent on us to make sure that every single Australian citizen is aware and grateful for the sacrifices made by our ex-servicemen and women.
"Anyone who defaces what is sacred to all of us will receive the full force of the law," Ms Berejiklian said.
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