Violence at Melbourne anti-trans rally


anti-trans rally
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Violence broke out at an anti-trans rally today outside the Victorian Parliament. Police aggressively tackled protesters to the ground and used pepper spray.

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The #WomenWillSpeak anti-trans rally was organized by the Women’s Action Network. Despite constant denials of affiliation or association with Nazis, the organizers borrowed a PA system from a Nazi group and gifted the Nazis a platform to slur transgender people. (see tweets below). Pro-trans counter-protesters and police also attended the rally in large numbers.

The violence began after pro-trans activists attempted to push through police lines. Police responded aggressively. At least two protesters were pushed to the ground, and police also used pepper spray.

A media photographer suffered injuries when police pushed him to the ground, and pepper sprayed him during the scuffle.

In another incident, protesters attempted to take a phone and tripod from a man live-streaming the event.

Police arrested two women during the rally.

Victoria Police said in a statement that they were disappointed by the behaviour of many at the rally.

“We had a significant presence to ensure public safety with approximately 100 people attending the rally outside Parliament House…

“Our members were confronted by hostile members of the crowd who acted violently towards the police.

“We have a long history of supporting peaceful protest but will not tolerate disgraceful and unlawful behaviour.”

(See how Victoria Police support peaceful protest in video below. 😡)

 

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1 Comment

  1. Cool Pete
    24 March 2024
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    Peaceful protest is important in a functioning democracy. That should not extend to right-wing thugs. Victorian Police should have confiscated the equipment belonging to the neo-Nazis and the rally should have been cancelled immediately.

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