So far, 63 persons have been detained, with 35 of them facing charges ranging from 18 to 69 years old.
This includes assaulting a police officer in the course of his or her duties, resisting an officer in the course of his or her duties, deliberately obstructing an officer in the course of his or her duties, and failing to comply with a notice of direction re 7/8/9 – Covid-19.
Twenty of them were denied bail and were ordered to appear in Parramatta Local Court today.
For his participation at yesterday’s anti-lockdown rally in Sydney, Jon-Bernard Kairouz, also known as “TikTok guy,” has been charged.
During Saturday’s protest, the 24-year-old comic, who rose to celebrity after correctly predicting the daily Covid-19 case numbers for five days in a row, purportedly talked to a crowd of thousands.
As he spoke to a cheering sea of people waving Australian flags and brandishing posters criticising masks and vaccines yesterday, he even proclaimed himself “the people’s premier.”
He informed the gathering, “I must say, I’ve crunched the numbers, and I don’t think the cases are going to go up tomorrow.”
“However, according on my calculations, there are around 50,000 people here today.”
Mr Kairouz’s residence was raided today by NSW police, who gave him a PIN (penalty infringement notice) for his participation in the demonstration.
Police footage shows a man standing outside a residence in the Sydney suburb of Belmore, wearing a blue T-shirt with the words “Brydens Lawyers” emblazoned on it and his face pixelated.
Mr Kairouz was handed a court attendance notice for two counts of not complying with a notice direction/Covid-19 and encouraging the commision of crime, according to a police spokesperson.
He will appear in Bankstown court at a later time.
Meanwhile, as part of Strike Force Seasoned’s investigation into yesterday’s demonstration, NSW Police said they have received over 5500 reports from members of the public and have identified over 200 people.
For violations of the public health orders, at least 90 PINS were issued.
— Adella Beaini (@adellabeaini) July 24, 2021