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Greens senator Lidia Thorpe shouts at police during protest

Extraordinary moment Greens senator Lidia Thorpe explodes at cops during a wild protest: ‘You’re an absolute disgrace’

  • Activist Greens senator Lidia Thorpe filmed accusing police of being ‘criminals’
  • She claimed she was pushed and that cops ‘manhandled’ women during protest
  • The immigration detention protest was filmed for her social media channels

An angry Greens senator has gone on an extraordinary rant in a tense stand off with police, calling officers ‘criminals’ and ‘an absolute disgrace’.

Lidia Thorpe confronted police during a demonstration at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation where activists protested against the transportation of 12 detainees to Christmas Island detention centre.

The refugee advocates had scuffles with officers guarding the facility as protesters tried to block mini-vans and spray-painted on government vehicles. 

Lidia Thorpe (pictured) is the first Aboriginal woman to represent Victoria in the Senate

The angry Greens senator (pictured) went on an extraordinary rant in a tense stand off with police, calling officers 'criminals' and 'an absolute disgrace'

The angry Greens senator (pictured) went on an extraordinary rant in a tense stand off with police, calling officers ‘criminals’ and ‘an absolute disgrace’

Ms Thorpe accused police of violence and inappropriate conduct after scuffles broke out with police when protesters blocked mini-vans and spray-painted on government vehicles

Ms Thorpe accused police of violence and inappropriate conduct after scuffles broke out with police when protesters blocked mini-vans and spray-painted on government vehicles

‘You are the criminals, you are the only criminals on this land,’ Ms Thorpe shouted at police in video posted to her social media channels. 

‘How dare you manhandle women like you did. Like you pushed me out of the way. You’re an absolute disgrace.’

Another video of the protest showed police using pepper spray on demonstrators. 

‘Cops used overwhelming force to break the bus out the back gate, then pulled back because we stood our ground,’ Ms Thorpe posted on Facebook and twitter.

In the video a group of Victorian police appear to backpedal as Ms Thorpe strides towards them shouting and pointing at them.

‘We’re talking about innocent people in there… Aboriginal people in there,’ she said.  

‘You have black fellas locked up in there which this government says aren’t black. 

Ms Thorpe confronted police (pictured) during a demonstration at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation where activists protested against the transportation of 12 detainees to Christmas Island

Ms Thorpe confronted police (pictured) during a demonstration at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation where activists protested against the transportation of 12 detainees to Christmas Island

Protests at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Centre are seen trying to block a vehicle

Protests at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Centre are seen trying to block a vehicle 

‘I know you gotta do your job but why do you have to get violent? We’re not here for violence. You’re the violent perpetrators. 

‘Where’s your accountability for hurting people out here. Shame. You should be ashamed. 

‘You’re like big bully men pushing women, innocent women.’

She is the first Aboriginal woman to represent Victoria in the Senate and is the first Aboriginal federal parliamentarian from the Greens. 

Ms Thorpe has become known for high profile activism in her four years in Victorian and federal politics, especially on immigration, social justice and environmental issues.

In the video a group of Victorian police appear to backpedal as Ms Thorpe strides towards them shouting and pointing at them (pictured)

In the video a group of Victorian police appear to backpedal as Ms Thorpe strides towards them shouting and pointing at them (pictured)

Last year she was kicked out of Parliament after she stripped off in the middle of a debate and shouted: ‘Black lives don’t matter in Beetaloo’.

Recently she claimed she was racially profiled at Canberra Airport in a clash with airport staff.

Ben Fordham, 2GB breakfast show host, accused the senator of ‘throwing a hissy fit’ at check-in over being told her hand luggage was too heavy. 

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