BREAKING NEWS: Two men, 20 and 18, are charged with threatening West Australian Premier Mark McGowan
- Two men charged over alleged phone threats to WA Premier Mark McGowan
- Alleged threats made hours before he was heckled by dozens of protesters
- Perth men aged 18 and 20 were charged and due to appear in court next month
Two Perth men have been charged with leaving threatening phone messages for West Australian Premier Mark McGowan.
Police allege two men phoned Mr McGowan about 10.50pm last Saturday, November 20.
A 20-year-old man from Canning Vale and an 18-year-old man from Harrisdale have both been charged with one count each of ‘creating false apprehension to the existence of threats or danger’.
Both men have been bailed to appear in Armadale Magistrates Court on December 17.
Just hours after the alleged phone threats, Mr McGowan was mobbed by anti-vaccine protesters following a town hall meeting near Bunbury, 150 kilometres south of Perth over vaccine mandates.
Two men allegedly left phone threats for Mark McGowan (pictured) hours before furious anti-vaccination protesters hurled abuse at the WA Premier while leaving a community meeting
Confronting footage shows up to 50 furious anti-vax demonstrators jeering the WA premier as some screamed ‘baby murderer’ and ‘you dog’ while a heavy police presence flanked the Labor leader.
Dozens screamed at premier as he left the meeting, clamouring around his government vehicle brought in to whisk him to safety as the crowd yelled ‘shame on you’ and ‘scumbag’.
The Premier was heckled by more anti-vaxxer protesters days earlier during a visit to the Pilbara region.
‘I was in Port Hedland (on Friday) and left an event with a big group of Aboriginal people – encouraging them to get vaccinated,’ Mr McGowan said.
Dozens shouted at the premier as he left the meeting, clamouring around his government vehicle brought in to whisk him to safety (pictured) as the crowd yelled ‘shame on you’ and ‘scumbag’
‘And there was a bunch of these anti-vaxxers following me, screaming the foulest language at me in front of a group of kids.
‘They seem to think it’s acceptable. It’s not changing what the government will do.’
Mr McGowan’s electorate office was also shut down last week after a series of incidents, including threats to kill, rape and bomb.
His Rockingham office in Perth’s south-west had been the target of death and bomb threats since the state government announced vaccine mandates for 75 per cent of the state’s workforce.
The mandate affects 1.1milllion workers and includes police and support staff who face being be sacked, lose pay or a $20,000 fine if they don’t get a Covid jab by December 1.
Premier Mark McGowan (pictured with wife Sarah) has copped widespread criticism over the vaccine mandates which apply to three quarters of the WA workforce