“F*** off Nazis”: Chaos breaks at Milo's gig
FIGHTS have broken out between protesters in Melbourne at an event for controversial right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos.
The commentator is scheduled to host three shows as part of his speaking tour tonight with a heavy police presence in place to keep attendees and protesters separate.
Hundreds of protesters from left-aligned group Campaign Against Racism and Fascism and the right-wing True Blue Crew are rallying outside the event.
Chants of "f*** off Nazis" and "Milo is a w - ker" were yelled by anti-fascist groups.
The chants were in reference to a video released by Buzzfeed in October which showed Yiannopoulos singing America the Beautiful at a karaoke bar and smiling while audience members including white supremacist Richard Spencer give Nazi salutes.
At today's clashes, supporters of the commentator were waving Trump flags and wearing red "Make America Great Again" caps.
Pepper spray was used after a fight broke out between two protesters in the middle of Racecourse Road. Rocks were thrown at a police van and the road was closed to traffic in both directions. The last of the speaker's sessions starts at 10pm.
Public order officers have been deployed to keep the two groups away from each other.
Promoter Damien Costas said the activists were wasting taxpayer money by protesting against the event.
"Simply because his (Yiannopoulos) views are different from the status quo," Mr Costas said.
It comes just days after the provocative 33-year-old, who has been deemed a "paedophile apologist" and wants Muslims "sent back to the Middle East", breezed into Sydney slaying some of Australia's most popular celebrities and politicians.
Yiannopoulos is in the country for his speaking tour, The Troll Academy
He claims Australia is his largest audience outside of the United States.
Upon arrival in Sydney just five days ago, he said Australia's response had been "very positive" towards him, almost "uniformly delighted".
In October, Yiannopoulos - dubbed a "right-wing troll" and "internet supervillain" - said he was disappointed in the mild opposition to him ahead of his Australian tour.
Yiannopoulos was disdainful of a petition to stop him entering the country amid reports that Peter Dutton's office considered denying him a visa.
"Very lacklustre and disappointing and ineffective," he told news.com.au. "Six hundred people - I'm almost embarrassed to have such little opposition.
"It's another example of the press reporting the reality they wish was true ... Australia is lagging way behind America."
Yiannopoulos was forced to resign as senior editor at alt-right news site Breitbart in February after saying sex between adults and children was sometimes "not that big of a deal" and describing victims as "whingeing selfish brats".
He said older men could help young boys "discover who they are" when they couldn't speak to their parents. and offered "coming of age relationships". He later denied supporting paedophilia.
- With AAP