Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has had to flee anti-vax protestors who swarmed around him just a day after his staff received rape threats.
After he made it to his car, protestors started banging on the windows and one of them shouted that Mr McGowan was a ‘f***ing coward’.
As the Premier made his way to the car, he was confronted by an agitated and loud group of anti-vaxxers determined to have their say.
Mr McGowan – who was last week at the centre of an alleged plot to dump a tank outside his office – had earlier accused Scott Morrison of using ‘weasel words’ and pandering to anti-vaxxers.
West Australian Premier Mark McGowan (pictured) and his staff have been subjected to a series of threats from anti-vaxxers over the past two weeks
‘Aren’t you down here to convince us?’ one woman asked as she jumped in front of Mr McGowan, trying to block his path.
‘Tell us why we should have it,’ she said, referring to the Covid-19 vaccination.
Though WA has avoided the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, it lags behind other states in vaccination numbers.
Just 70.8 per cent of West Australians aged 12 and above fully vaccinated.
The state government will name a date to open up to the rest of the country when WA reaches 80 per cent double-dose coverage, which is expected in mid-December.
One of Wednesday’s protestors roared out ‘You f***ing coward’ at Mr McGowan as he made his way around them and got into his car.
Two women then started banging on his window and other protestors continued to call him a ‘coward’.
As his car pulled away a woman shouts out ‘We will rise up’, a phrase often used by far right and anti-vaccination protestors.
WA Premiers Mark McGowan was cornered by anti-vaccination protestors on Thursday
The latest attack on Mr McGowan comes a day after his electorate office had to be closed due to security risks, with staff subjected to rape threats from anti-vaxxers.
The Premier said his Rockingham office had been the target of death and bomb threats since the state government announced mandatory vaccination for much of its workforce.
Last week a man was prevented from allegedly planning to dump a tank at his office.
It took four officers to restrain James Tioro after an incident outside his Camden Way home and take him into custody.
WA lags behind other states in vaccination numbers, with just 70.8 per cent of West Australians aged 12 and above fully vaccinated (pictured, a stock image of a Pfizer jab being prepared)
This followed reports of him standing on top of a former British Army tank known as a Ferret Scout Car, allegedly swinging a pickaxe and shouting threats, some of which were directed at the Premier.
Mr Tioro was reportedly angry at Mr McGowan over WA’s mandatory vaccination policies.
Around five hours before his arrest, Mr Tioro allegedly organised for a tow truck to take the tank to the Premier’s office.
Channel 7 Perth reported that when Mr McGowan’s staff refused to allow the tank to be dropped off outside the office, they were abused.
It also reported that material allegedly threatening the Premier had been found inside Mr Tioro’s house.
The tank was then taken back to Mr Tioro’s home and several police cars later responded to a disturbance there.
A man was prevented from allegedly planning to dump a tank (pictured) at WA Premier Mark McGowan’s electorate office
Mr McGowan also on Thursday accused Scott Morrison of using ‘weasel words’ after the Prime Minister said people were frustrated with governments telling them what to do.
Mr Morrison said ‘Australians have done an amazing job when it comes to leading us through this pandemic, but now it’s time for governments to step back and for Australians to take their lives back, and for Australians to be able to move forward with the freedoms that should be theirs.’
Mr McGowan hit back, saying ‘There just should not be any weasel words.
‘There should be no walking on both sides of the fence, you condemn it and you support each of us that is trying to get people vaccinated across Australia.
‘We can’t have anyone trying to score points with the anti-vaxxers or dog-whistling to them.
‘We just need to all be on the same page that we get everyone vaccinated, we come out of this as unscathed as possible, and we avoid the mass deaths that have occurred in other countries.’