Andrew Smith, Australian correspondent

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Australian pro-aborts lament portrayal in media as violent during March for Babies (new video)

Andrew Smith, Australian correspondent
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MELBOURNE, Australia, Oct. 17 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The pro-abortion protesters who verbally and physically assaulted participants in Saturday’s March for the Babies in Melbourne have branded their own efforts against the event as a failure, descending into divisive arguments and bickering amongst themselves.

(LifeSiteNews has just completed its own video with march highlights. It clearly reveals some of the mayhem and intense hostility of the pro-abortion mob and a few of the physical assaults which police refused to stop or take any action on. Our reporter was unable to capture video of the other assaults. Note that the Melbourne police did not clear the protesters away duriing the 90 minutes that the march was held up along the way by the pro-aborts. Police just stood between the two groups even though the marchers had a permit for their route.)

Pro-abortion movement leader Christopher Johnson said “The plan was to be at Parliament when the antis were there.  They will claim our absence as a victory.  Certainly the violent actions of a small asshole minority will not reflect well on us.”

In previous years, the number of protesters was consistently less than 50, but on Saturday about 200 pro-abortion counter-protesters attacked the March For The Babies, blocking the pre-approved route and forcing the march to come to a halt.  March leaders, including Bryan Kemper, knelt down at the front of the procession and prayed.  90 minutes later, when the march organisers gave up waiting for the police to remove the protesters, they turned back to follow another route to the finish point at Parliament house.

From the perspective of the pro-abortion protesters, they saw the March For The Babies participants walking away and cheered at their assumed victory.  Then most of them left.  According to their posts on Facebook, only 15 protesters realised that the march had actually changed direction and gave chase.

Waiting back to the steps of Parliament, a few pro-abortion protesters had taken possession of the stage ahead of the anticipated arrival of the march and the main body of their fellow protesters, only to find themselves vastly outnumbered and wondering where the others had gone.

As Christopher Johnson commented on Facebook, “They are up at Parliament having their rally now. It's pathetic.”  He later went on to say “What a joke.  They came back to Parliament and had their speeches.  Your wanky march achieved nothing.”

Later on Facebook, there was a breakout of infighting amongst the other pro-abortion protesters with claims of internal renegades hijacking their actions. 

Shari Pixie Vespertine lamented "All the infighting on this page is a total drag.  I bet the opposition don't fight over semantics, throw insults and assumptions at each other, treat men like they have no right to be on their side and bring outside affiliations into it as if it really matters.  Among the other things I've been seeing."

They also lamented their portrayal in the media as violent.  Paisley Anna Semrau  said  “omg it was mainly completely peaceful, the news only showed footage of the scuffles of course” and Jen Red “felt ... as I was watching the reports .. that they purposely painted out the pro-choice people as being the worse”.

See related reports:

Australian March for Babies turns violent: U.S. pro-life activists, MPs assaulted by pro-abort mob

Police stood by while pro-lifers were assaulted in plain view: March for Babies organizer (VIDEO)

Australian mainstream media column astonishingly honest about violence at March for Babies

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