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WIN cameraman allegedly assaulted by woman at Reclaim rally

A WIN cameraman was allegedly assaulted at the weekend rally.
A WIN cameraman was allegedly assaulted at the weekend rally. Alistair Brightman

A WIN cameraman was allegedly assaulted by a woman involved in the Reclaim Australia Rally on the weekend.

It is believed the altercation happened when the cameraman tried to film a woman involved in a counter-protest who was wearing a bikini and a burqa.

Another woman, who was involved in the Reclaim Australia Rally, then allegedly approached the cameraman and tried to physically prevent him from filming the counter-protest.

Rally organiser Mandy Chapman said she had witnessed part of the altercation.

Ms Chapman said the incident happened for about five to 10 seconds before she intervened and asked the alleged aggressor to leave before offering assistance to the cameraman.

"Emotions were high," Ms Chapman said.

She said she had apologised to the cameraman and made sure he was okay.

"He was fine," Ms Chapman said.

Ms Chapman said it appeared the altercation had happened when a woman at the Reclaim Australian Rally had physically engaged with the cameraman because she "didn't want something to be filmed".

"I don't know all of the story," she said.

Ms Chapman said apart from that incident, the people involved in both the primary rally and the smaller counter-rally were well behaved.

Members of the group will hold a meeting on Thursday and will discuss how to handle any future rallies to ensure there would be no further issues, Ms Chapman said.

Topics:  assault, cameraman, channel 9, hervey bay, muslim, rally, reclaim australia, tv, win, woman



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