‘Don’t come near me’: Bizarre moment bearded protester claiming to be God and the ‘private creator of this Earth’ interrupts Gladys Berejiklian’s press conference
- Bearded man gatecrashed Covid-19 press conference in Sydney on Monday
- Police commissioner Mick Fuller had been speaking at the podium at the time
- He was then interrupted by a man claiming he had sent him a ‘cease and desist’
A bearded protestor claiming to be God has crashed a Covid-19 press conference that was delivered by the New South Wales premier.
The bizarre moment unfolded just minutes after Gladys Berejiklian had provided the latest update on the outbreak in Sydney on Monday.
NSW Police commissioner Mick Fuller had taken to the podium to caution Sydneysiders to obey lockdown orders as the city entered its second full day of two-week long restrictions.
A reporter in the audience then went to ask the commissioner a question before he was cut off by the bearded man standing nearby.
A bearded protestor claiming to be God has crashed a Covid-19 press conference that was delivered by the New South Wales premier
A police officer intervenes and grabs the man by his arm before leading him out of the venue
‘Commissioner, I have a question for you,’ he said. ‘Did you receive my notice of cease and desist?’
The commissioner tries to brush aside the question and move on with the conference.
‘It’s not your time,’ he says.
He then steps back as the man approaches him with a folder in hand.
‘Don’t come near me,’ commissioner Fuller warns.
The man persists and tries to hand a piece of paper to the commissioner, reaching over the microphones.
‘You were served a notice to cease and desist,’ he says.
A police officer intervenes and grabs the man by his arm before leading him out of the venue.
‘I am the prime creator of this earth,’ the man says. ‘I am Thee.’
The ABC, which had been live-streaming the event, then cut back to its studio.
A flustered Joe O’Brien could be seen gesturing to producers behind the camera to cut the livestream short.
‘Okay, we’ll leave that there for the moment,’ he says.
A reporter then went to ask the commissioner a question before he was cut off by the bearded man standing nearby
A police officer grabs the bearded man by the arm before leading him away, but not before the protestor can shout: ‘I am the prime creator of this earth’
New South Wales recorded 18 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, taking the Bondi cluster to 130.
All but one is linked to the current cluster and while the eighteenth case was ‘in the vicinity’ of other cases, Ms Berejiklian said on Monday.
Around six of the new cases were in isolation for the entire time and more were isolated for some of their infectious period.
The new locally acquired cases were identified from nearly 59,000 tests in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.