Opposition leader Peter Dutton unleashed a scathing tirade against Lidia Thorpe, calling the rogue senator’s fight with police “a pathetic display”.
The Green defector tried to disrupt a Canberra rally of controversial “women’s rights” activist Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, who goes by Posie Parker, and was brought down by AFP officers in a dramatic moment captured on video.
Senator Thorpe then crawled through the grass before joining a ‘pro-trans’ counter-protest group.
Dutton said Senator Thorpe’s actions were “disgraceful.”
“The Australian Federal Police should not have to waste their resources dealing with Senator Thorpe’s stunts,” he said on Thursday.
“It was a pathetic display and she should be ashamed of her behavior.”
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.
Peter Dutton (pictured in Parliament) has criticized Senator Thorpe’s actions as a “trick” and “pathetic”.
Attorney General Mark Dreyfus also weighed in on the incident, saying footage showing Senator Thorpe refusing to be picked up by police before walking away on his hands and knees was “troubling”.
“I have sought urgent advice from the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police,” Mr Dreyfus said.
The footage shows Senator Thorpe being pushed while charging at Ms Keen-Minshull, who was addressing around 30 people at the Let Women Speak rally outside Parliament House.
Senator Thorpe, who was draped in an Aboriginal flag, screamed before dashing onto the platform before she was stopped by police.
The senator from the independent ‘black sovereignty’ movement later claimed she was ‘pulverized’ by police and said Ms Keen-Minshull, whom she referred to as ‘filth’, should not be allowed to speak on aboriginal land.
Ms Keen-Minshull has been touring Australia with demonstrations held in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart, prompting fierce counter-demonstrations from pro-LGBTQI activists.
The former Greens turned independent senator from the ‘black sovereignty’ movement was stopped by police and forced to lie on the ground.
Pictured: Kellie-Jay Keen watching Lidia Thorpe being moved
As rain poured down on Canberra, hundreds of anti-Posie protesters flocked to Mrs Keen-Minshull’s ‘pro-women’ rally, separated on Parliament House grounds by two dozen police officers.
Attendees antagonized pro-trans protesters with signs reading “tomboys are not children,” “protest the innocence of children,” and “libraries are for books, not perversion.”
On the other hand, catchphrases included ‘freaks in the bin’, ‘fuck Posie, fuck you’ and ‘you’ve got the Nazis on your side’.
After Ms Thorpe’s attempt to interrupt Keen-Minshull’s speech, which she recalls when she lay down in front of a float at Mardi Gras last month, the former senator from the Greens criticized the decision to allow the controversial speaker into the country.
“We do not tolerate this kind of filth in the country of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri, let alone the Nazi support these people have,” he said.
‘They are racist, they are homophobic, they are destroying people’s lives. This country should be ashamed that they even let people like that in.
Wrapped in an Aboriginal flag, Senator Thorpe made a beeline for Mrs Keen-Marshall, before police intercepted her and forced her to the ground.
The independent senator from the ‘black sovereignty’ movement later claimed she was ‘pulverized’ by the police.
Members and allies of the Canberra LGBTQIA+ protest against British activist Kellie-Jay Keen
‘I went to tell him that they are not welcome here, and the police pulverized me just by telling that person that he can’t be here.
“Today I have been attacked by the police as a Gunnai, Gunditjmara, DjabWurrung sovereign woman.
“And the police must answer for the assault, but also this government must answer why these people are allowed to enter the country.”
Subsequently, the Australian Federal Police issued a statement confirming that “interactions with protesters will be reviewed.”
An unidentified incident, believed to be the altercation with Senator Thorpe, has been referred to AFP’s Professional Standards Command, the spokesperson said.
“Since a matter is now under investigation, no further comment will be made.”
Senator Thorpe did not appear for Senate Question Time on Thursday after the protest, nor did Senator Hanson.
Rain was pouring down on Canberra as Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull (pictured) spoke outside Parliament House for the rally.
Keen-Minshull joined One Nation Senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts at the rally.
More than 100 anti-trans protesters gathered at the rally holding signs reading ‘fuck you in the bin’, ‘fuck you Posie fuck you’ and ‘you’ve got the Nazis on your side’.
Some of those gathered told Daily Mail Australia that it was their first time protesting, fueled mainly by “hateful” rhetoric from Ms Keen-Minshull on her national tour.
Simon, 23, said he “couldn’t bear to know that she’s in my town” and was not deterred from demonstrating by the torrential rain which was “a bit symbolic I think”, he said.
In the background, those gathered around them were chanting ‘fuck you’ and at one point the police had to stop them as they tried to move forward.
Across the lawn, pro-women protesters booed and danced, taunting the crowd as Ms Keen-Minshull spoke about the “gender crisis” taking place in Australia.
“It’s the next lobotomy scandal, except this time we’re doing it on children,” he said.
Her voice was drowned out by the sound of musical instruments and jeers, but those who gathered to support her clapped and cheered nonetheless as she vowed to never stop the fight for women’s rights.
“We say the things that we are sometimes afraid to say in our real life no matter what the people around us say,” he said.
‘I have to have a fucking police escort from the airport because I said women don’t have penises. It’s fucking disgusting.
One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson gives a speech at the Let Women Speak rally
LIDIA THORPE’S PROTEST AGAINST THE POLICE AT THE MARDI GRAS IN SYDNEY
Lidia Thorpe has said she is “proud” of her Mardi Gras protest after she lay down in the middle of the parade and confronted police.
The former senator from the Greens received boos from the crowd when she interrupted the parade on Oxford Street in Sydney.
Daily Mail Australia watched as Senator Thorpe suddenly stormed into the police section of the parade with her arms crossed over her head and yelling ‘f**k the police’.
After chasing the officers as they marched, she repeatedly yelled her slogan in their faces as others confronted her.
He then jumped in front of the Australian Federal Police float and lay on the ground, stopping it.
Senator Thorpe referred to her behavior the next morning, saying she was “proud” of her action.
“Black and brown trans women started the first pride march in protest against police violence,” he wrote on Twitter.
‘Today, we still face violence from the police. Proud to have joined the #PrideInProtest float in Sydney to say #NoPrideInGenocide, #NoPrideInPrisons and #NoCopsInPride.’
Later, Senator Thorpe was photographed lying on her back in front of a float attempting to travel down Oxford Street while two policemen urged her to go ahead amid “boos” from the crowd.
Footage of their protest circulated on social media on Sunday morning, and their antics drew much criticism.
‘She has zero respect for LGBTQIA people. The woman is a disgrace! one wrote.
Another added: ‘Is there somewhere Lidia Thorpe can go and act like a normal human being?
‘Is it really that hard to behave in a decent manner?’
“In a desperate bid for attention and relevance, activist Lidia Thorpe lays down in front of the #MardiGras2023 parade float preventing it from moving forward, scuffles with police and allegedly yells ‘Fuck the police,'” he wrote. a third person.
‘A total disgrace for an elected official!’
No charges were filed and there were no arrests.
Ms Thorpe marched with the ‘No Pride in Genocide’ float, which campaigns for zero police presence at Mardi Gras and was previously photographed wearing First Nations colors and holding an Aboriginal flag bag.
Senator Thorpe wore Aboriginal colors and held a ‘No Pride in Genocide’ sign at the iconic parade.