A lone man wielding an axe has attacked New Zealand’s parliament, at present empty of politicians over the summer season holidays.
The parliament constructing, recognized domestically because the Beehive, was attacked earlier than daybreak on Wednesday morning, with the lone axeman inflicting intensive injury to 5 exterior glass doorways main into the parliament.
Police had been known as to the scene at 5.25am and the person was arrested with out incident at 5.35am, a police spokesperson stated.
The 31-year-old is because of seem in Wellington district court docket on Wednesday and has been charged with intentional injury and possession of an offensive weapon.
The motivation behind the assault was unknown.
“The person brought about some injury to glass panels however didn’t try to enter the constructing,” the police spokesperson stated.
Assaults on parliament are uncommon in New Zealand and prime minister Jacinda Ardern and MPs typically seem on the grounds, both to make speeches, meet with and acknowledge protestors, or absorb some recent air.
The parliament buildings are positioned in central Wellington, with many politicians strolling and biking via the streets to work.
In 2019 the local weather change minister James Shaw was attacked whereas strolling to parliament home, the primary bodily assault on a politician within the nation in additional than a decade.
The incident prompted Ardern to warn that the straightforward accessibility of politicians in New Zealand shouldn’t be taken with no consideration.
The grounds of parliament are generally utilized by locals to eat their lunch or benefit from the sunshine in Wellington’s central enterprise district.
With the latest set up of a playground on parliament grounds, youngsters are additionally now a standard sight.