It has been reported that a staggering 20 people turned up to take part in the ’No’ vote for same-sex marriage rally organised as a ‘straight lives matter’ protest at Green Park in Sydney over the weekend.
However, the exact number in attendance is in doubt due to the volume of police, media, onlookers and counter-protesters who were also at the event.
Standing on a small stage, rally host Nick Folkes explained:
“Some people have said it’s (the ‘straight lives matter’ protest) provocative but we’re just exercising our democratic right to freedom of speech and freedom of location,” he said.
A live feed on social media via Sydney’s 7 News Facebook page cut off after 5 minutes with many commenting on the lacklustre turnout, along with a comparison of attendance between the 30,000 people who turned up for the Sydney ‘Yes’ vote rally a few weeks earlier.