Senator Lidia Thorpe ‘moved on’ from Mardi Gras march by police

 

 Before
lying on the ground in front of the platform, temporarily halting the parade
until she was thrown out by police. Video footage of the incident shared on
social media showed the independent senator 
walking backwards past an AFP officer on Oxford Street, holding her arms
by her sides while the officer appeared to ignore her and continued to fly the
rainbow flag waved.

She then lay down in front of the stage as the
parade moved to Flinders Street, Darlinghurst at around 9pm. It is understood
the swimmer he arrested was operated on by Twenty10, an organization that
supports LGBTQIA+ youth.   Two NSW police
officers approached Thorpe as the crowd booed and one person chanted ‘Get rid
of her’.

 

 In a
statement, NSW Police said a woman was lying in front of the Mardi Gras float
around 9pm on Saturday and was “temporarily preventing the parade from
taking place”. “She was later removed from the parade at the request
of the organizers for violating the eligibility requirements,” a police
spokesman said.


Just before the parade, Thorpe gave a speech in
nearby Hyde Park in which he said Mardi Gras had been
“commercialised”.  “The
Aboriginal sex industry is exactly the same,” she said. “What you are
dealing with  is no different than what
we, the voice and everyone who says they speak for us, are dealing with glued
together.”

Thorpe took part in the No Pride in Genocide
march organized by Pride in Protest. On Sunday morning, she tweeted  that she was “proud to have joined the
Pride in protest platform” to protest genocide, prisons and police
participation  in the Pride march.  “Black and brown transgender women launched
the first ever March for Equality to protest 
police brutality. We still have police brutality today,” he said.


Thorpe split from the Greens earlier this
month  and moved to the bench after a
protracted referendum row over the parliamentary vote. Green leader Adam Bandt
said his defection was necessary at the time 
to speak freely on the issues and to lead the black sovereignty movement
in Australia.  A  Sydney Mardi Gras spokesman confirmed that
the parade was disrupted by Thorpe, who was trying to organize a protest.

“While we respect individuals’ right to
protest, stopping the parade in this way has serious implications for the
safety of our participants and the public,” the spokesman said. Thorpe’s
office has been reached on for comment. 
Mardi Gras celebrations continued 
Sunday with dance parties at Surry Hills and  the estate. World Pride events run through
March 5th.


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