Alt right activist Southern targeted in Brisbane | Innovation
PROTESTERS gathered outside the Brisbane Convention Centre on Sunday night chanting “racist fascists are not welcome here” as alt right YouTube personality Lauren Southern took to the stage.
Southern and fellow conservative activist and Canadian Stefan Molyneux are in Brisbane as part of their “free speech” speaking tour.
The 23-year-old is a critic of multiculturalism and has said she believed it was eroding western values.
Research assistant Gerald Keaney was one of around 60 protesters who attended the protest that attracted a strong police presence.
Mr Keaney said he was protesting with the short term of preventing a race riot.
“The long term goal is to actually oppose bigotry itself because the argument is that what bigotry does is it divides and conquers so the way to solve the problems is for people to
get together,” he said.
Apart from her run-ins with protesters Ms Southern has also clashed with police during the tour.
On Friday police stopped her from filming outside Lakemba mosque in Sydney telling her she was “not welcome”.
And during the Melbourne leg of the tour Victoria police said organisers of the tour would be charged almost $68,000 for a large police presence at the event.