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Protesters Target Anti-gay World Congress of Families Conference in Melbourne: VIDEO


The anti-gay, anti-abortion World Congress of Families conference being held this weekend in Melbourne was hit with further setbacks after a wave of some 100 protesters showed up and attempted to block the entrance to the venue.  

The Guardian reports:

Protest2Many speakers, including the American campaigner Angela Lanfranchi, who planned to speak on the thoroughly debunked link between breast cancer and abortion, were unable to get through the gates in their cars. Their path was blocked by protesters holding signs with slogans such as “Our bodies are our property” and “Women are not incubators”.

More than 30 police officers formed their own barrier on the opposite side of the gate in the quiet street of Star Crescent, located in an industrial area. It forced attendees to trickle through the gates one by one as church security struggled to establish whether they had registered. The Monty Python satirical song Every Sperm is Sacred boomed from a sound system organised by protesters.

The paper adds that shortly after the conference began, a protester dressed in white and covered in fake blood stormed the stage inside and began screaming "We don't want your backyard abortions!" She was then dragged away by security as attendees chanted "Pray for her"

Check out a Sky News report on the protest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. and, I wish these anti-gay/anti-abortion folks would pray for themselves and not for any of us!

    Posted by: Bernie | Aug 31, 2014 10:19:32 AM

  2. That rosa winkel is upside down.

    We ought to know our own symbols.

    Posted by: K. Simmons | Aug 31, 2014 12:26:36 PM

  3. @K. Simmons: Well, it's part of the ACT-UP logo, which we can tell from the Silence = Death slogan. When ACT-UP adopted the pink triangle as a symbol, it specifically turned it point up rather than showing it inverted as the Nazis did. It was a conscious attempt to transform a symbol of humiliation into one of solidarity and resistance.

    So the t-shirt is actually historically accurate, just not for the period of history you had in mind.

    Posted by: Vint | Aug 31, 2014 1:14:48 PM

  4. "attempted to block the entrance to the venue"

    Protest is one thing, but censorship should not be OUR thing.

    LGBT history is rooted in censorship of our identities, our stories, our families, and our ideas.

    Have we learned nothing?

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 31, 2014 3:34:38 PM

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