- Grave vandals disgust Crean -
Opposition Leader Simon Crean has condemned the desecration of
Commonwealth war graves in northern France, describing it as disgusting.
A swastika was among the slogans daubed in red paint on the memorial at the cemetery of 11,000 allied soldiers, including 465 Australians.
Etaples Military Cemetery, France
Although France is at odds with the US, UK and Australian position in the war against Iraq, the vandalism has enraged local authorities.
The local community in Etaples will this weekend hold a ceremony at the site, the largest Commonwealth war grave in France, to show their respect.
Mr Crean said people had a right to protest but this action was outrageous.
"People do have a right to protest against the war but this is not the way to do it," Mr Crean told reporters.
"It`s inappropriate, the desecration of sacred soil, people who have fallen, fallen for their countries.
"It`s an outrageous action and it`s to be condemned."
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