Wild footage captured the moment pro-Palestinian protesters were held at bay by police as they attempted to storm a dinner attended by Anthony Albanese.
A group of about 20 protesters, one a woman carrying two small children in her arms, scuffled with police outside the dining room at the ritzy Rydges Palmerston hotel, about 20 minutes south east of Darwin, in the Northern Territory, on Friday.
Labor was holding a fundraising dinner at the time with tickets costing a staggering $5,000-a-head and counted Northern Territory Chief Minister Natasha Fyles among its guests.
Plain clothes officers and hotel staff barricaded the room with the Prime Minister inside and the doors were hurriedly shut as the protesters tried to storm the room.
With their progress blocked they chanted loudly while holding aloft Palestinian flags and other signs demanding Israel stop is Gaza military action.
A protester is pushed away from the Northern Territory hotel dining room where Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was attending a function
Some protesters were shoved back along the corridor, with one officer even managing to grapple a couple into the lift.
Others remained near the entrance shouting ‘free Palestine‘ or ‘ceasefire’ while attempting to press themselves against the glass windows to hold up placards.
A female protester could be heard berating officers.
‘There are babies and children being murdered every day and you are defending them,’ she yelled.
‘Shame on you, shame on you,’ she said.
There was one arrest reported.
Mitchell Chute, from the group Free Palestine, told NT News they had a ‘moral obligation’ to call out the Prime Minister.
‘There is a genocide happening in Palestine and through diplomatic and military ties Australia is supporting it,’ Mr Chute said.
‘The people of Darwin and Palmerston demonstrated tonight that they will not sit by and let their governments support crimes against humanity.
Another protester is taken by the scruff of the neck by a plains clothes police officer and shoved into a lift
Mr Albanese in much more relaxed circumstances with Northern Territory Chief Minister Natasha Fyles
‘At the same time as the Prime Minister and Territory politicians attended this secret, exclusive $5000-a-head dinner, Palestinian children, women, and men are being killed.
‘The Australian government has blood on its hands.’
Friday night’s dinner was also attended by Ms Fyles, who earlier in the day had been seen with Mr Albanese is much more relaxed circumstances overlooking Darwin Bay.
Mr Albanese said the pair were discussing ‘critical minerals, the space industry and defence’.
Thousands continue to protest against Israel’s military reprisal for the deadly October 7 incursions by Hamas terrorists across Australia.
On Friday crowd of a few hundred people gathered outside the Prime Minister’s electoral office in the inner west Sydney suburb of Marrickville to call for an end to the fighting.
A large crowd demanding the same thing marched through central Sydney on Saturday afternoon and a similar march is set to occur in central Melbourne on Sunday.