There’s an event scheduled with Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux in Cairns tomorrow night for which I have tickets. Thanks to the usual suspects the location cannot be disclosed until shortly before the event.
Lauren Southern arrived in Australia wearing an ‘It’s okay to be white’ T-shirt
RIGHT-WING activist Lauren Southern has finally arrived in Australia — and hasn’t wasted any time stirring things.
“I have criticised radical Islam, I have criticised the increasing blasphemy laws that are being brought into our societies. You won’t see Christians violently attacking people for criticising their religion like you do with Islam, things like the Charlie Hebdo attack.
“It’s scary because the more peaceful person loses out in these kind of battles. The government is always going to be far more afraid of the person who is going to commit violence, who will cause trouble for them.”
More than 100 people have turned out in Auckland to a free-speech rally calling for two controversial Canadian speakers to be allowed to address a meeting in the city.
Mr Goff has said that Auckland Council venues should not be used to “stir up ethnic or religious tensions”.
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Initially there were a few dozen people but more joined the crowd on Queen Street next to the Town Hall in central Auckland as the event went on.
Counter-protesters also attended the event, describing the Canadian speakers as far-right.
New Conservative Deputy Leader Elliot Ikilei said free speech was a right and Phil Goff did not control what he thought.
“Don’t you dare tell me what I am allowed to hear and what I’m allowed to think,” he said.
“I’ll make my own decisions.”
The organiser of the rally, Dieuwe de Boer, said he was really looking forward to the talk by Ms Southern and Mr Molyneux.
He said he organised the rally because he thought there would be a lot of support to have the council venue for the talk restored.
“[We don’t want] to end up with a society where only one side with one particular set of views can be talked about,” he said.
Stephen Berry from Act also spoke at the event in support of free speech.
A few protestors of the event who turned up to the rally said the event was concerning.
Joe Carolan from Unite Union said the people there were pushing their views under the guise of free speech.
“We have to take a stand immediately … if this movement persists then … [we] should be here to counter-protest,” he said.
The Free Speech Coalition has raised $50,000 to take legal action against Auckland Council and to try and overturn the ban.
Rallies were also organised in Wellington and Christchurch today.