The IT business centre of Sydney has been caught in the middle of an international siege as the building which houses the offices of the Colombian Consulate were evacuated this morning after a reported terrorist siege.
IT security software developer Eye-t has confirmed the evacuation of offices at 100 Walker Street, North Sydney this morning after an invasion of the Colombian Consulate by armed individuals. Glen Towell, general manager of Eye-t (which is housed in the same building), told ARN that at approximately 10.15 this morning he was approached by the building maintenance officer and told to evacuate the building.
"We are located on the same floor as the Consulate, but I heard no comotion," Towell said. "The maintenance officer came in and told me there were people in the Consulate with guns and that we would have to leave the building."
Towell was given a few moments to gather his belongings before vacating the Eye-t offices. He waited for the lift in the corridor, but reported no unusual occurances. Standing at the police barricades opposite his offices in Walker Street, Towell has yet to receive any news about developments within the Consulate.
"There were about 15 people in the other offices on the floor and we were all told to leave. We still haven't been told anything about what is happening inside the building, let alone when we might be likely to return," Towell said. "I guess my messages will just go to voicemail for the morning."
According to a report on the Sydney Morning Herald's Web site, the siege has been carried out by a group of 10 Australian Columbians, including four children. The group is protesting against atrocities committed against trade unionists in their homeland.