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War memorials at Canberra’s Anzac Parade were vandalised with comments relating to the ongoing conflict in Gaza

War memorials at Canberra’s Anzac Parade were vandalised with comments relating to the ongoing conflict in Gaza

War memorials at Canberra’s Anzac Parade were vandalised with comments relating to the ongoing conflict in Gaza

Canberra’s Anzac Parade memorial sites, near the Australian War Memorial, have been vandalized with comments relating to the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

The Australian National Korean War Memorial, the Australian National Vietnam Forces Memorial and the Australian National Army Memorial were painted with pro-Palestinian messages on Saturday night.

This is the third time this year that places in the area have been vandalized with spray paint.

Just two weeks ago, the exterior walls of the Australian War Memorial were desecrated with similar slogans, while the Vietnam War Memorial was covered in graffiti in March.

Green writing that says "not to the war" next to a monument to the fallen.

The Australian Army National Memorial was desecrated on Saturday night. (ABC News: Michael Barnett)

In a statement, an ACT Police spokesperson said the latest act of vandalism would be considered alongside previous incidents.

“A search warrant was executed on Friday as part of this investigation, but no charges have been filed so far,” they said.

The spokesman said that while “peaceful protests” were part of a healthy democracy, “criminal acts would not be tolerated.”

Anyone with information about the damage is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

‘Disgraceful in the extreme’

Red writing on a concrete monument.

It is the second time Australia’s National Vietnam Forces Memorial has been the target of graffiti this year. (Supplied)

The Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) condemned the vandalism, with national president Greg Melic describing the damage as “deplorable”.

“These war memorials honour those who have sacrificed to protect and preserve the freedoms that all Australians enjoy and painting protest slogans on them is nothing short of despicable,” he said.

“It is extremely dishonourable to use war memorials as a platform for protest.”

Mr Melic said the graffiti “did 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 must be used responsibly,” he said.

Defence Minister Richard Marles called the graffiti “completely unacceptable”.

“The Anzac Parade is there to honour the service and sacrifice of those men and women of the Australian Defence Force,” he said.

“Whatever his position, his service, his sacrifice he deserves the respect of the entire Australian community and I condemn these horrific actions in the strongest possible terms.”

Liberal MP Andrew Hastie took to Instagram to share videos of himself facing the vandalism and called on Australians to support him in “rejecting this disgusting behaviour”.

“It’s a shame, it’s not Australian,” he said.

“These people are not committed to peace, they are committed to conflict and disorder, and they want to separate us and divide this country.

“It is unacceptable.”