Australian Senator Lies in Front of Truck, Interrupting Mardi Gras Parade

Australian Senator Lies in Front of Truck, Interrupting Mardi Gras Parade
Australian Senator Lidia Thorpe, a former greens who is now independent, temporarily halts the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade by lying in front of a vehicle before she was asked to leave by police on Feb. 25, 2023. (AAP Image/Alex Day)

Federal Senator Lidia Thorpe lay in front of a truck in the Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday night, with her stunt temporarily halting proceedings.

In a video of the incident shared on social media, the former greens senator who is now independent can be seen lying on her back in front of the truck on Oxford Street during the Saturday night parade.

Two police officers then approach Thorpe as the crowd begins to boo.

“Get rid of her! Get rid of her,” a person in the crowd can be heard chanting during the incident.

She can then be seen getting to her feet and appearing to argue with police and Mardi Gras crew before she agrees to leave and is accompanied from the street.

Police said that organisers had asked for Thorpe’s removal for “breaching the terms of her participation.”

Thorpe said she was proud to join the parade as part of the “Pride In Protest” float in a social media post on Sunday.

“Black and brown trans women started the first pride march as a protest against police violence. Today, we still face violence from police,” she wrote on Twitter.

NSW Police told AAP a woman had temporarily blocked the progress of the parade after lying on Oxford St in front of a float at about 9 p.m.

“She was later removed from the parade at the request of organisers for breaching the terms of her participation,” a spokesperson said.

A spokesman for Sydney Mardi Gras confirmed the parade had been interrupted by Thorpe as she attempted to stage a protest.

“While we respect the individual’s right to protest, interrupting the parade in this way has significant implications for the safety of our participants and audience,” the spokesman said.

Thorpe was not arrested. Police have said they will not be laying charges against the senator for her temporarily disruption of the parade.

The Epoch Times contributed to this report.