Wild moment Lidia Thorpe tries to storm the stage where trans critic Kellie-Jay Keen is speaking during a protest out the front of Parliament House before being forced to the ground by police
Lidia Thorpe has been forced to the ground by police and protesters after she tried to disrupt British trans critic Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull’s speech at the Let Women Speak rally outside Parliament House.
Keen-Minshull, also known as Posie Parker, has been travelling around Australia addressing protest marches in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart – sparking ferocious counter demonstrations by pro-LGBTQI activists.
She stood alongside One Nation senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts to give a speech at a rally in Canberra on Thursday, that was attended by both trans critics and more than 100 pro-trans protesters.
Former Greens turned independent ‘black sovereignty’ movement senator Thorpe attempted to storm the stage where Keen-Minshull was speaking before she was intercepted by police and forced to the ground.
Ms Thorpe, who was holding an Aboriginal flag during the chaos, quickly crawled away as officers tried to lift her up.
She proceeded to storm off back towards the large group of pro-trans protesters.
Lidia Thorpe (pictured) has attempted to storm the podium during British trans critic Posie Parker’s speech for the Let Women Speak rally outside parliament house on Thursday
The former Greens turned independent ‘black sovereignty’ movement senator was intercepted by police and forced to the ground
As the rain bore down on Canberra, hundreds of anti-Posie protesters inundated Keen-Minshull’s’pro women’ rally, separated on the lawns of Parliament House by two dozen police officers.
Protesters antagonized pro-trans demonstrators who had gathered by dancing in the field and holding signs which read ‘tomboys are not boys’, ‘protest the innocence of children’ and ‘libraries are for books, not perversion’.
Slogans include ‘bigots in the bin’, ‘f*** off Posie f**k off’ and ‘you’ve got Nazis on your side’
Some of those gathered told Daily Mail Australia it was the first time they’d protested, spurred primarily by the ‘hateful’ rhetoric of Keen-Minshull in her national tour of Australia this month.
Simon, 23, said he ‘couldn’t stand by knowing she’s in my city’, was not even deterred by the Grey skies and pouring rain.
‘A bit symbolic, I think,’ he said.
In the background, those gathered around him chanted ‘f***k off,’ at one stage needing to be held back by police as they attempted to push forward.
British trans critic Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull (pictured) spoke outside parliament house for the rally
On the other side of the lawn, pro-women protesters were jeering and dancing, taunting the crowd as Keen-Minshull spoke about the ‘gender crisis’ occurring in Australia.
‘It’s the next lobotomy scandal except this time we’re doing it to children,’ she claimed.
Her voice was drowned out by the sound of musical instruments and jeers, but those gathered to support her clapped and cheered anyway as she vowed to never stop the fight for women’s rights.
‘We say the things we’re sometimes scared to say in our real lives without giving a shit about what people say around us,’ she said.
‘I have to have a police bloody escort from the airport because I said women don’t have penises. It’s bloody revolting.’
More to come.
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