Anti-trans activist Kellie-Jay Keen escorted from angry crowd
Kellie-Jay Keen had to call off her women’s rally after thousands of counter-protesters gathered in Auckland’s Albert Park on Saturday morning ahead of her appearance.
Sky News host Peta Credlin says Standing for Women founder Kellie-Jay Keen had “nothing to do” with Nazi sympathizers or white supremacy, as claimed by Victorian Liberal leader John Pesutto. “I can’t find her engaging in a panel or speaking on a platform with any of these characters,” she said. “I agree with you – David Duke, Michael Collet, Richard Spencer, I’d run a mile from them.” Ms Keen said in an interview that the alleged associations were found in a Wikipedia page she claimed she could not edit.
Thousands of counter-protesters gathered in Auckland’s Albert Park on Saturday morning ahead of her scheduled appearance at an organized rally.
The biological sex campaigner was in New Zealand on the next leg of her Let Women Speak tour, which sparked clashes in Australia last week.
As she walked to the podium to address the crowd, she was quickly mobbed by counter-protesters who booed and booed her.
Controversial anti-transgender activist Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull was forced to cut her women’s rally short after being overwhelmed by an angry mob. Photo: Dylan Reeve.
At one point, a protester threw a bottle of ketchup over her head before being ejected by security.
Keen-Minshull tried to continue her speech but was drowned out by chants of “go home”, drums and a Whitney Houston song playing over a loudspeaker.
The crowd quickly caught up with the rally and chanted “trans rights are human rights”.
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Anti-transgender campaigner Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull has been forced to cut short a rally after she was attacked with ketchup in New Zealand today. Photo: Dylan Reeve.
She was escorted by the police shortly afterwards and apparently asked if she could be taken to a police station.
Hours after the incident, Keen-Minshull took to Twitter and said “I genuinely feared for my life today”.
“My activism is simple, we #LetWomenSpeak. Why does this make anyone so angry?” she wrote.
“We showed the world what happens to women when they try to speak up. No one can pretend they don’t see the misogyny spitting.”
Because I wanted to make space for women to speak, I truly feared for my life today. My activism is simple, we #LetWomenSpeak. Why does this make anyone so angry? We showed the world what happens to women when they try to speak. No one can pretend they don’t see the saliva
— Kellie-Jay Keen (@ThePosieParker) March 25, 2023
Keen-Minshull was due to speak at an event in Wellington on Saturday, but it was canceled after today’s incident, according to Speak Up For Women.
“Mrs Keen-Minshull’s security team advised her that they could not protect her from mob violence and the police refused to do so,” Speak Up For Women said in a statement.
“Speak Up for Women thanks Mrs Keen-Minshull for having the courage to come to New Zealand and turn up in Albert Park today, despite several death threats and threats of violence over the past week.”
Keen-Minshull sparked controversy during her tour of Australia last week after Neo-Nazis infiltrated an event in Melbourne.
On Thursday, Victorian Senator Lidia Thorpe was tackled by police when she attempted to confront Keen-Minshull at a rally outside Parliament House.