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AustraliaSpiteful act of bullying': Sandwich-board activist charged for offensive behaviour

13:32  11 january  2019
13:32  11 january  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Spiteful act of bullying': Sandwich-board activist charged for offensive behaviour© Niki Anstiss Danny Lim was "screaming and crying" as he was arrested.

Danny Lim, best known for his colourful sandwich boards marked with political or social messages, was charged in Barangaroo for offensive behaviour on Friday.

Niki Anstiss was on her way to get a coffee when the “absolutely disgusting” incident occurred. She said Mr Lim did “nothing wrong” but the police used "so much force" on the 74-year old.

“Today I saw three police officers brutally rip his sign from his back and arrest him while he was screaming for them to not take his sign,” she said.

“It was the most spiteful act of bullying I have ever seen and NSW Police Force should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.

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"He was screaming and crying."

Ms Anstiss said "40 people surrounded" the police and tried to defend Mr Lim.

Police said they spoke to Mr Lim and gave him a move-on direction. It is alleged he refused and became aggressive towards police. The activist was issued an infringement notice.

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Mr Lim gained widespread attention in 2015 for brandishing a sign that appeared to read, ‘Peace smile people can change 'Tony you c…'. Liar, heartless, cruel. Peace be with you.’

“I wrote "can't", but the "a" was written upside down. The police came and booked me with offensive behaviour: $500!” Mr Lim said.

In 2017, a magistrate accepted the sign was a play on words, but deemed it offensive as a reasonable person would "would have been offended by the use of "c---" in reference to the prime minister.

The conviction was overturned in the NSW District Court when Judge Andrew Scotting ruled against the magistrate’s decision.

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