Seven protesters have been arrested outside a speaking event held by controversial right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos in Sydney, following his unusual visit to Parliament House in Canberra.
There was a huge police presence outside the Lilyfield function centre in Sydney’s inner-west on Tuesday night, with more than 100 police officers surrounding the event, including riot squad units and mounted police.
Up to 2,000 people turned out to see Yiannopoulos in Sydney, who has sold out five of his seven Australian events.
Socialist Alliance members were among the protesters, and chanted “Nazi scum” and demanded Yiannopoulos leave Australia.
High-profile barrister Charles Waterstreet, who has recently been accused of sexual harassment, was seen in the front row of the event.
Yiannopoulos, a former editor at Breitbart News, has gained a cult following and hosts talks which criticise feminism, transgender people and Islam.
On Monday night, there were violent scenes outside the British conservative’s Melbourne speaking event, with five police officers injured.
Heavily armed police were forced to intervene when protesters from both right and left groups clashed.
The 33-year-old is on a speaking tour of Australia and visited Canberra’s Parliament House on Tuesday to speak about the state of politics as the guest of outspoken Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm.
One Nation senators were front and centre for the event, but Liberal senator Jane Hume said it was best to “turn the volume down” on attention seekers.
“You know, young man swaggers into Canberra, attention seeking, saying outrageous things, and appeasing the far-right, and getting some media coverage,” she said.
“Sounds like the Coalition party room.”