Hundreds of Sydneysiders are planning to protest the arrest of an iconic Sydney activist, after the incident – described as ‘brutal’ by onlookers – went viral.
Video of what seems to be 74-year-old Danny Lim surrounded by three officers in Barangaroo on Friday was shared to Fb by Niki Anstiss.
“I noticed three cops brutally rip his signal from his again and arrest him whereas he was screaming for them to not take his signal,” Ms Anstiss claimed.
Mr Lim, who’s famed for standing on Sydney streets carrying a sandwich board emblazoned with anti-corruption political messages in addition to peace-promoting slogans, was merely attempting to “make folks smile” earlier than his arrest.
Ms Anstiss labelled Mr Lim’s remedy by police as “completely disgusting”.
A NSW Police spokeswoman advised Yahoo7 Mr Lim had been arrested for “offensive behaviour”.
Greater than 3,500 individuals are planning to protest the 74-year-old man’s arrest exterior Sydney Metropolis Police Space Command on Sunday. One other 15,000 are stated to be all in favour of attending.
“It is a actually upsetting and completely pointless occasion,” one lady wrote.
“Danny and smarty (the canine) at all times convey a smile to my face – I like that he needs to convey consciousness to points affecting all of us in light-hearted approach.”
Mr Lim sprung to nationwide fame in 2015 when he was charged for one in every of his indicators concentrating on former Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
“Peace Smile, Individuals can Change, Tony You Can’t,” the signal learn, with the letter A in Can’t turned the other way up, showing as a U.
But his conviction of offensive behaviour was later overturned in court docket with choose Andrew Scotting saying “the impugned phrase is now extra prevalent in on a regular basis language than it has beforehand been.”