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Australian writers assault outside White House raised with US government

Los Angeles: The Australian government office in Washington DC has contacted the US State Department after a Network Seven correspondent and cameraman were beaten by police outside the White House.

Australian Ambassador to the US Arthur Sinodinos said on Tuesday he was “mindful of the treatment” incurred on Amelia Brace and Tim Myers.

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Support was clubbed with a truncheon and Myers hit with an uproar shield and punched in the face while covering peaceful protests in Washington DC’s Lafayette Square on Monday.

Support told Sunrise on Wednesday morning that the pair were feeling level and “somewhat worn out” after the adrenaline had worn off.

“It was a completely frightening encounter however we came through it together,” Brace said.

“We are offering consular help to the Australian residents included and my group will keep on minding their prosperity,” Sinodinos said.

“I comprehend that Channel 7 will submit a proper police question requesting to have the issue explored.

“We are in conversation with the State Department and they have offered help to distinguish where the goals ought to be focused on.

“As Australia’s Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, emphasised overnight, Australia is always supportive of people’s right to peaceful protest and we encourage all involved to exercise restraint and to avoid violence.”

Prior, the US Ambassador to Australia reacted to the recording of police ambushing Channel Seven columnists outside the White House.

In an announcement presented on Twitter, Arthur B Culvahouse Jnr wrote that “opportunity of the press is a correct Australians and Americans hold dear”.

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