Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson was “horrified” and in shock after being hit by a motorcycle before attending a rally against an anti-trans speaker over the weekend.
For the first time, Davidson, who was this week asked to clarify comments she made at the rally about “white cis men”, has revealed more details about the incident that left her seeking medical treatment.
Speaking to RNZ’s First Up, Davidson said she had laid a police complaint against the motorcyclist. “I was quite badly bruised but thankfully nothing broken and am on the good healing path now,” she said.
“I was quite horrified and shook up, probably have been for the past few days if I’m honest. That shock’s starting to wear off [with] the realisation of what’s happened.”
Davidson’s defence for the “white cis men” remarks was that she had been hit by the motorbike and, effectively, wasn’t thinking straight. Despite this, there are unfounded rumours being spread online that the comments were made before the collision.
Davidson said that’s untrue. “I was hit by the motorcycle when I first turned up to the protest. I got hit… but didn’t want to give up my commitment to speak at the rally,” she said. “On the way back to the car [I] was massively ambushed by the right wing Hannah Spierer who is also in court for sharing white supremacist material.”
There was a “charged atmosphere” at the rally, said Davidson, but she would not be apologising for the comments she made. “I always talk about ending the patriarchy [and] the structures of power. I don’t move away from what I was trying to highlight and that the biggest threat to women is definitely not trans people,” she said.
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