Protestors cause chaos for World Congress of Families
Protestors successfully disrupted the World Congress of Families event in Melbourne over the weekend.
Over one hundred protestors including an alliance of feminists, LGBTQI activists, unionists, refugee and anti-racist activists, and atheist and religious people against bigotry, blocked the entrance to the Catch the Fire evangelical ministeries in Hallam where the event was being held.
Speakers including Angela LanFranchi, who believes abortion is linked to breast cancer, were unable to get their cars through the blockade.
Catch the Fire ministeries in Hallam was the fifth venue the event had been moved to after other venues cancelled their involvement due to the much publicised planned protests.
The announcement that Catch Fire ministeries were holding the event led to Victorian upper house Liberal member Bernie Finn, the federal government social services minister, Kevin Andrews, and the Victorian attorney general, Robert Clark all withdrawing from appearing at the conference.
Catch the Fire’s Pastor, Daniel Nalliah, is anti-Islamic and anti-abortion, he believes that the Black Saturday bushfires was divine punishment for Victoria’s anti-abortion laws. He also believes homosexuals can and should be taught to be heterosexual and that same-sex partners should not have children.
About 30 police were at the event and several protestors were arrested.