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Hundreds roll down Australia's Parliament House hill for possibly the last time

By Ben Hooper
Hundreds roll down Australia's Parliament House hill for possibly the last time
Hundreds of people roll down the the Parliament House hill in Canberra, Australia. Screenshot: Storyful

CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Up to 700 people gathered on the lawns of Australia's Parliament House to roll down the hill for potentially the last time before proposed fences are built.

Lester Yao, 34, a Canberra architect, started a Facebook event to gather friends and family on the Parliament House lawns Saturday to observe the unofficial local tradition of rolling down the hill, and the event soon went viral with hundreds of people RSVPing.

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"It was only going to be about 20 friends and families, and now we had more than 600 or 700 people," Yao told the Canberra Times.

A video posted to Twitter shows hundreds of people doing a synchronized roll down the grassy hill outside of the building.

Yao said he organized the event to make sure his friends and family could have one last roll down the hill before a proposed security fence is built around the facility.

"Unfortunately, kids might not be able to do this again and they're just enjoying themselves," Yao said.

The fence was proposed as part of security measures discussed after demonstrators managed to breach security at Parliament House twice in a single week in late November and early December.

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