Protesters on Friday overturned furniture inside the senator’s Kent Town office and scrawled slogans including “Australia’s Trump”, “f*** Bernardi” and “no to homophobia” around the building.
Bernardi called the protesters, thought to be from Social Alternative, “a bunch of cowards”.
“Lefty totalitarians have trashed my office and threatened my staff because their agenda has been exposed,” he tweeted.
“Gutless actions like this will never stop me speaking the truth.
“Grateful my team are safe and appreciate the efforts of police.”
VIDEO: Cory Bernardi’s office trashed by protesters over #SafeSchools See the video’s here: https://t.co/5llE1Hx5ix pic.twitter.com/1J63NDvMfy
— Glen Morèt (@glen_moret) March 18, 2016
The hardline conservative is fiercely opposed to the Safe Schools program, which was designed to reduce bullying of LGBTIQA students and was the subject of an independent review.
SA Labor MP Chris Picton spoke out against the protest, tweeting “once again Socialist Alternative does something completely idiotic and counterproductive. They never learn.”
Police later confirmed a group of protesters had been moved from the office and a man had been reported for defacing a road sign with graffiti.
Officers will review CCTV footage and witness statements and have not ruled out further charges.
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