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Recognise Palestine Walk reaches Australian capital

October 11, 2016 at 8:58 pm

John Salisbury of the Recognise Palestine Walk reaches Parliament House, Canberra, after a week of walking through Australia [Facebook/Jessica Morrison]

John Salisbury has reached the Australian capital Canberra in an effort to encourage the government to recognise the State of Palestine.

Starting at the Sydney Opera House on 2 October, Salisbury arrived at Parliament House today. He was greeted by fellow activists who held a reception for him.

On Facebook Salisbury wrote: “5am start this morning. Freezing cold as I set off in the darkness,” ahead of his final leg to the seat of government.

Supporters commended his efforts. Amal Moradi wrote on Facebook: “Amazing achievement, the world needs more John Salisbury’s.”

While Diane Dounas wrote: “Thankyou [sic] so much John for your incredible efforts to help bring about justice for the indigenous Palestinian people. You are a true hero!”

Salisbury submitted a petition calling on the Australian government to recognise the State of Palestine. “Congratulations on making it to Parliament House and being able to present those precious signatures, David. Now may our government please recognise and respond to the situation in Gaza and Palestine,” Maree Minter wrote in support of Salisbury’s initiative.