Heated Moment Pro-abortion protester dragged away by police after disrupting anti-abortion rally: ‘This is not America’
- They took away a woman who yelled ‘we won’t let this happen’
- Police warned of repeat violence seen this week
A woman protesting against an anti-abortion march in Sydney has been arrested by police who warned of a repeat of the violence outside a Mark Latham event.
Footage of the tense moment shows her being led away by two police officers as she yells: “This is not America, we will not let this happen.”
The woman can be heard asking why she was being singled out when she had done nothing wrong as officers wrestled with her outside St Mary’s Cathedral.
“This shouldn’t be happening in 2023…I came here today to give my opinion on what’s happening to my body,” he said.
“Several men around me came up to me and accused me of doing the wrong thing by being here today.”
Police removed a woman (pictured) protesting an anti-abortion march in Sydney and warned of a repeat of violence outside of a Mark Latham speech engagement.
The woman said she was protesting “to speak for every woman who has no control over her body.” This is what happens to women in Australia.
An organizer of the Day of the Unborn Child rally, Paul Hanrahan, called for calm on Thursday after police raised concerns in light of clashes between rainbow rights activists and counter-protesters outside the church. One Nation NSW leader Mr Latham was due to speak at Belfield.
“They have assured us of the safety of our group and our right to hold our event is their number one concern, and they will do everything in their power to ensure that,” Hanrahan said via Facebook.
“We are not there to confront any protesters, but to carry our cross.”
Participants appear in a Catholic Church rally from St Mary’s Cathedral to the New South Wales Parliament House on March 26, 2023 in Sydney, Australia.
The Sydney University Women’s Collective said on Saturday night it had canceled plans to counter Sunday’s Day of the Unborn Child march.
“This decision has not been taken lightly…as we believe it is the right thing to do for the safety of our collective and the ability to grow the movement against these far-right groups so that in the future we can get out.” stronger’, he said on Facebook.
‘On Tuesday night, 15 members of Community Action For Rainbow Rights were violently attacked by members of the Christian Lives Matter movement in Belfield.
“This was a horrific attack that had no political or religious motives and we extend our deepest sympathy to the members… who were there.”
The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, leads the annual ‘Day of the Unborn Child’ service and rally (pictured) in conjunction with the Life & Family Institute of Sydney.
The collective said it was “extremely hesitant” to cancel its action because it did not want to “embolden the hateful recklessness of the anti-abortion, queer-phobic right.”
There will be an open meeting in Sydney of a rainbow coalition on Thursday at a location to be determined.
According to its website, the Christian group Life and Family Institute helps organize the march from St. Mary’s Cathedral on March 26 each year as “a peaceful and prayerful witness to the sanctity of human life.”
The Catholic Weekly said the procession, accompanied by a mass, has been held annually for nearly 20 years, except for 2020 due to Covid-19 lockdowns and 2021 due to wild weather.