Videos urged counter-protesters to attack LGBTQ+ activists outside Sydney church

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03/22/2023

Videos circulating on WhatsApp in the days before LGBTQ+ activists say they were set upon by a mob outside a church in Sydney urged people to disrupt the protest and “drag” the LGBTQ+ activists away “by their fucking hair” and to “defend our family values”. Two men were arrested after a violent altercation between a group of men and LGBTQ+ protesters outside a Catholic church in the south-west Sydney suburb of Belfield, where One Nation’s Mark Latham was giving a speech about “parental rights” and “religious freedom”. The LGBTQ+ activists say they were protesting peacefully against the Latham event when they were set upon by a mob. The New South Wales premier, Dominic Perrottet, on Wednesday condemned the violence. “Last night was a disgrace,” he said. “There is no place for violence in our state, particularly during election periods.”

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