A pro-life campaigner in Australia was assaulted with rocks and a waste bin after he recorded people taking down pro-life election posters. He suffered a possible broken arm in the attack, which caused pro-life candidate Trevor Grace to voice concern about the well-being of his supporters.
Grace is an independent with the Save the Unborn party running for the Upper House of South Australia.
One of his supporters, an election volunteer in Adelaide, filmed youths jumping up to a campaign poster high on a telephone pole and ripping it down.
The poster in question showed a 3-D sonogram of an unborn child with X-shaped lines drawn over it. It is captioned “Save the Unborn,” encouraging a vote for Grace and publicizing the web address of the campaign, abortSA.com.
The election volunteer’s video, posted on the site of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), then shows one of the youths throwing rocks and a large waste bin at the cameraman while shouting.
Responding to the attack, Grace reported that his party has received a string of threats during the South Australian election campaign.
“We’ve had phone calls, we’ve had death threats, you know particularly on Facebook, we’ve been intimidated again and again when we put up posters,” he told ABC.
“There’s also been people coming up to my place, my driveway, stalking me and also tearing up, vandalizing posters.”