Two people have been arrested after a public order incident that forced New South Wales police to shut down an event involving nearly 500 people. The incident, which occurred outside a Catholic Church in Bellfield, has been surrounded by conflicting reports from different groups.
According to an LGBT rights gay activist community group, it was a far-right group of protesters that attacked a group of about 15 LGBT activists outside the Catholic Church. They claimed that several people were punched in the face multiple times and hit with rocks and bottles as they were surrounded by a mob 30 times their size. The LGBT rights group referred to this as a disgusting and violent escalation by the anti-lgbt rights protesters.
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Mark Latham, a politician, has also weighed in on the incident. He claimed that he was under police orders regarding access to his speaking event at the same church on the same night as the incident. He also accused the police of denying him democracy by ordering him to not give his speech.
The incident has come as a contrast to the World Pride protest held a few weeks earlier, just a few kilometers down the road, which was a peaceful and celebratory event. The contrast highlights the ongoing tension between different groups in society, particularly in the context of the upcoming state election in Sydney.
The incident has raised concerns about the safety of public events and the need for greater police presence and intervention in such situations. It also raises questions about the role of free speech in public spaces, and the responsibility of organizers to ensure that all events are conducted peacefully and without violence.
In conclusion, the public order incident outside a Catholic Church in Bellfield has raised concerns about the safety of public events and the need for greater police intervention. It highlights the ongoing tension between different groups in society and the need for more dialogue and understanding. It also underscores the importance of free speech and peaceful assembly, and the need for all events to be conducted without violence.