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Refugee advocates say Christine Forster ‘loose with the truth’ after ugly scenes at Abbott fundraiser

Protest groups are making no apologies for scenes outside a Liberal Party fundraiser on Friday evening that saw Tony Abbott’s sister caught up in what she described as an “ugly” riot.

The Manus Island protesters from a coalition of groups targeted the event at Eveleigh.

Mr Abbott’s sister Christine Forster was caught in the mayhem and her jacket ripped.

She told the Sydney Morning Herald protesters spat and snarled at her as she was ushered through the crowds by police.

One of the organisers of the event, Mark Goudkamp from the Refugee Action Coalition, told Neil Mitchell she was being “loose with the truth.”

“We put out a counter statement saying that video footage shows quite clearly her jacket was accidentally ripped by police,” he said.

“I think she is being rather loose with the truth, and probably it runs in the family.

“I’m not sure why Tony Abbott didn’t tell Christine about the back entrance he and Peter Dutton used to avoid us.”

Meanwhile, Mr Goudkamp spoke to Neil Mitchell about the nationwide protests and stunts over ten days being planned as part of the #Disrupt2017.

The group behind the movement, the Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance (WACA), were responsible for the protests on Melbourne Cup day which disrupted racegoers coming to Flemington.

They are campaigning to close refugee camps.

Mr Goudkamp said he welcomed shining a spotlight on the situation on Manus Island although they weren’t involved in the movement.

“I have no problem seeing this as a positive contribution towards our wider goals.”

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