Anti-hunting protesters attack man


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A man who tried to voice opposition to the Greens at an anti-hunting protest was crash-tackled, spat on and abused by protesters being addressed by Greens MLC Cate Faehrmann on the weekend.

The man, who asked only to be called Andrew, said he was smashed to the ground by a protester whose young son was in tow, and accused an older female protester of spitting on him.

Shooters and Fishers Party MLC Robert Borsak has demanded Faehrmann apologise for the incident.

“No one should be surprised by the actions of Greens and their supporters,” he said. “When it comes to violence, it’s Green-necks like these people who are the real threat to public debate and decency.”

Mr Borsak also said the Greens and the National Parks Association must take responsibility for the actions of their followers and explain their continued support for “these unacceptable tactics”.

A YouTube video shows Greens-led protesters hurling abuse at Andrew when he begins talking on a loudhailer, challenging Faehrmann on the carbon tax, refugees and other topics.

The protest was held in Sydney’s northern suburb of Wahroonga, in Premier O’Farrell’s electorate, to voice opposition to the legalisation of hunting in some NSW national parks.

Many protesters wore the uniform of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, an apparent breech of the service’s code on conduct, which calls on public servants to behave “in a politically neutral manner”.

Andrew had set up a counter-protest, erecting banners and handing out pamphlets criticising pest control programs to date and countering claims by the Greens and others who oppose hunting in national parks.

His protest was “not well received”, he said.

“I was crashed tackled by a feral,” he said. “I had my eye on his manoeuvring, but was unprepared because he had his little boy with him, and I never thought a father would do something like that in front of his own son. Which at the end of the day is just sad.”

Andrew said his injuries were “nothing a dab of Dettol didn’t fix” and that he was “happy to rain on their parade”.

“Faehrmann can’t draw a decent crowd on a sunny Sunday morning on Sydney’s North Shore,” he said. “Barry O’Farrell and the Shooters and Fishers have nothing to worry about.”


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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.

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