Riot police formed a human chain to shield guests arriving for a Liberal Party fundraiser from several hundred Manus Island protesters who had formed outside the Friday night event which was also attended by Tony Abbott and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.
Cr Forster had to be helped through the crowds by police and had her jacket torn in the crossfire.
Basically a melee broke out, it was a riot, she said.
It was an extraordinary situation, it was very unpleasant, it was dangerous for everybody, it was an aggressive, awful, scary situation.
Im a local City of Sydney councillor and I dont want to ever have this kind of stuff happening in my electorate.
Cr Forster said people should able to walk into an event unmolested, unassaulted and unattacked.
It was shocking to me and it was dangerous. People were trying to punch us, people ripped the jacket off my back If you want to make your political protest, anyone can make a political protest anywhere in Australia, but you dont do it like that.
It was a very unpleasant, unnecessary, dangerous situation that those people put everybody in, she said.
It was a situation that I have never been in and I would never choose to be in ever again. Its my favourite jacket and its shredded sadly and it was shredded off me from behind.
It was a very volatile and extraordinarily surprising situation to me.
The protesters were calling for the Immigration Minster to restore services to the now-closed Manus Island detention centre and bring the remaining asylum seekers to Australia.
The Australian Government had officially closed the detention centre o...