‘He’s not black!’: Incredible moment white 9News reporter has his live segment interrupted by huge crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters
- A live TV broadcast goes off the rails as demonstrators shout over the reporter
- One protesters repeatedly says ‘he’s not black. I’m black. I’ll tell you the story!’
- But Veteran 9News reporter Damian Ryan kept his cool and finished the segment
Black Lives Matter protesters hijacked a live TV news cross during Saturday evening’s six o’clock bulletin.
Channel 9News reporter Damian Ryan was on the air live from Central Station in Sydney as tensions between the police and demonstrators were getting heated.
But from the moment he tried to give an update on the ‘few hundred remaining’ protesters, a man who appeared to have an American accent interrupted the broadcast.
Black Lives Matter protesters hijacked a live TV news cross during Saturday evening’s six o’clock bulletin (pictured)
‘He’s not going to talk to us,’ the protester is heard saying.
‘He’s not black, I’m black. I’ll tell you the story!’
But the veteran reporter kept his cool during the incident and continued to finish his report.
‘Generally it has been pretty peaceful,’ Mr Ryan said as the protester attempted to shout over the top of him.
Over 30,000 demonstrators gathered on mass at Town Hall at 3pm to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States.
It follows widespread outrage over the death of African American man George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes in Minneapolis.
Sydney’s Stop All Black Death in Custody rally was largely aimed at denouncing Indigenous deaths in police custody.
Channel 9News reporter Damian Ryan (pictured centre) was on the air live from Central station in Sydney as tensions between the police and demonstrators were getting heated
Over 30,000 protesters gathered at Town Hall in Sydney for the Stop All Black Deaths in Custody rally on Saturday (pictured)
A protester faces a Police officer inside Central Station after the Black Lives Matter rally (pictured on Saturday)
Many protesters held up signs that said 432 – a number which signifies the number of Aboriginal Australians who have died in police custody since 1991.
Similar demonstrations were also held in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide with tens of thousands in attendance.
While scenes in Sydney were mostly peaceful, as the large numbers dwindled and moved towards Central Station there were some clashes with police.
Photos show several demonstrators who appear to have been pepper-sprayed.
Other images captured the moment a young female protester was pushed down by an officer.
A young woman is pictured being pushed down by an officer inside Central Station after the Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney (pictured)
A young woman is seen in distress and being held back as she faces a row of police officers inside Sydney’s Central Station (pictured on Saturday)
The woman who appears to have been pepper-sprayed has water poured over her face (pictured at Central Station)
A protester in Sydney is seen holding up a sign with the number 432 – a number which signifies the number of Aboriginal Australians who have died in police custody since 1991