Lauren Southern: Protesters Disrupt Extremist Event In Melbourne
Lauren Southern's Melbourne event was stormed by protesters.
Protesters and police have clashed outside a Melbourne venue hosting Canadian far-right speaker Lauren Southern as the controversial social-media identity kicks off her Australian tour.
More than 100 protesters opposed to Southern reportedly clogged the Hume Highway outside Somerton's La Mirage Reception and Convention Centre on Friday night.
At one point, the protestors are said to have rushed at a bus packed with attendees, banging it and chanting “surround the Nazi bus”.
Video from the event shows protesters being hauled off stage to cheers from the attendees.
Southern has been kicked out of the UK and banned from New Zealand. She was also initially stopped from entering Australia but was granted access last week and headed to Melbourne for her first engagement.
The Canadian commentator, who touched down in Australia wearing an "It's okay to be white" t-shirt, is spruiking her polarising views on multiculturalism, feminism and Islam. Opponents have labeled her a "notorious racist and Islamophobe".
On Twitter, Southern appeared pleased with the event, thanking security for their "amazing" work.
Police have reportedly been spending $230,000 to protect her, reportedly sending her a $68,000 bill for their services.