WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand police arrested a man who broke through the glass doors of parliament with an ax on Wednesday, although he did not attempt to enter the building. Police were called to the parliament building, known as the Beehive, around 5:30 a.m. after a 31-year-old man was seen with an ax. He was arrested in about 10 minutes, police said in a statement. “The man caused some damage to the glass panels, but did not attempt to enter the building,” police said. New Zealand lawmakers are on summer vacation and there were few people in the building at the time. The motive for the attack was unclear and police were investigating. The man was due to appear in Wellington district court later Wednesday and has been charged with intentional damage and possession of an offensive weapon. Attacks on parliament and legislators are rare in New Zealand, a country of 5 million people, where ministers and senior officials roam freely and are often seen mingling with the public in shops and cafes in the capital Wellington. In another rare attack in 2019, Climate Change Minister James Shaw was punched in the face while walking to work.
Man accused of breaking through New Zealand parliament doors with ax By Reuters
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