Controversial anti-transgender activist Posie Parker says she feared for her life following a rally that turned riotous.
Parker, whose real name is Kellie-Jay Keen Minshull, held a rally in Auckland’s Albert Park on Saturday as part of her Let Women Speak tour. She also has one scheduled for Wellington on Sunday.
Pushing broke out between attendees of Parker’s rally and a larger counter-protest supporting transgender rights. Parker had water and what appeared to be tomato soup thrown at her and was quickly escorted away from the venue by her security guards.
In a video posted on YouTube by Parker straight after she left, she is shown being driven by police who were helping her exit the rally.
“I thought they were going to crush us to death,” she said.
She followed this up with a post on Twitter.
“For wanting to make space for women to speak I genuinely feared for my life today,” Parker tweeted.
“My activism is simple, we #LetWomenSpeak. Why does that 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 salivating misogyny.”
Parker said she may cancel Wellington’s rally after what she experienced.