A man ended up in hospital, phones were smashed and police were called to a fight that broke out in a cafe in Sydney’s south on Monday night during a NSW Liberal Party branch meeting.
The scuffle occurred around 7pm at Naji’s Cafe on Firth Street in Arncliffe, which is owned by a local Liberal councillor.
Police say they “saw numerous people running from the location” when they arrived and one man, believed to be in his 40s, was taken to St George hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
They appealed for anyone with footage of the incident to come forward.
Arncliffe: Budget-eve brawl breaks out at @LiberalNSW Party meeting. Police “saw numerous people running from the location” when they arrived at the Firth Street cafe at about 7pm. #nswpol #7News pic.twitter.com/7cmCqvDaqF
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) June 18, 2018
The NSW Liberal Party said it was cooperating with police over the incident and will hold an internal investigation with a view to taking disciplinary action against those responsible.
One witness told the ABC anonymously that the fight broke out when a group of men from outside the branch attempted to stack the meeting in a “hostile takeover”.
“Just before the meeting started, there was an altercation where some people were intimidating and swearing and pushing and shoving of the others who belonged to the meeting,” he said.
Racial slurs were allegedly said, and when an elderly lady was “trampled on”, a man who tried to intervene was attacked.
It’s believed to be a factional fight over the right to select local government councillors in the area.
The ABC has more here.
There’s been a fight at a Liberal Party branch meeting in Arncliffe tonight. Allegations elderly women were abused and a man assaulted. Democracy at work guys. @9NewsSyd #auspol pic.twitter.com/P77ptrLCse
— Chris O'Keefe (@cokeefe9) June 18, 2018
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