French and Belgian women’s rights demonstrators are once again sounding alarm bells over the violence they are facing from trans activists while trying to campaign on women’s issues.
On November 28, a small group of about 12 female activists took part in a march against violence against women in Brussels, holding signs protesting the sex trade, including pornography. But the women’s efforts were quickly drowned out by a sea of trans activists, who they say surrounded them and pushed them into a corner.
The women report they were “beaten, insulted, intimidated” and had their signs stolen and torn up by a gang of over 50 trans activists who swarmed them despite their signs having nothing to do with them.
In footage a participant uploaded on Twitter, masked and hooded trans activists can be heard chanting “cassez vous,” (fuck off) at the women.
Similar events transpired at a violence-against-women demonstration in Barcelona on November 25.
These are not the only two occasions of women demonstrating against the sex trade being targets of trans activist anger. Earlier this year, women who gathered in Paris were pelted with eggs and assaulted with red spray paint in their eyes.
Later, the statue where the incident had taken place was spray painted with words translating to “save a trans person, kill a TERF.”
In Barcelona, during a March 3 Women’s Day demonstration, according to Women Are Human, a group of trans activists could “be seen suddenly kicking away and stomping on the women’s signs.” Then, the trans activists turned “their destruction into dance moves and set it to the beat of music and a rhythmically clapping crowd.”
Later on, an effigy of a woman was hanged on a tree in the same area.