Hundreds Gather To Protest Arrest Of Sydney Icon Danny Lim
Following outrage over the arrest of beloved Sydney fixture Danny Lim, almost 200 people came together outside a city police station in protest on Sunday.
Lim, 74, is widely-known across the city for his humorous and political signs. The man often appears in busy thoroughfares across Sydney, smiling to daily commuters alongside his little dog, Smarty.
But video emerged on Friday of Lim being arrested in Barangaroo, after allegedly refusing a move on order from police. He was wearing a large sign which read: "SMILE CVN'T! WHY CVNT?"
In the video, the 74-year-old can be heard screaming for help as he is restrained by officers during what witness Niki Anstiss described as a "brutal" arrest.
With now more than 1.1 million views, as of time of writing, the vision sparked outcry from the public and a Facebook event to protest the arrest was quickly created.
The event had 5500 people listed as attending, with another 25,000 interested by Sunday.
While the actual number of people who turned out didn't quite reach those targets -- sitting closer to around 200 -- an animated crowd complete with signs of their own made their way to a police station at Darling Harbour for the planned peaceful protest.
"When we persist we win," one of the protest's speakers told the crowd.
"The tide is turning. We are stronger together. When they attack Danny, they strike at us all."
Lim was in attendance, with Smarty in tow, wearing a sign calling on politicians to act on chemical contaminations.
"Thank you all for coming today," he said to the crowd.
"You are here to start a new movement."
He thanked those who had recorded the arrest on their phones and said he wanted people to "have a heart".
Lim's lawyer Bryan Wrench said his client was considering legal action against NSW Police.
"The only thing offensive was how they treated Danny on that day, and Smarty," he said.
"We are not going to let this go. We are going to fight all the way."
A GoFundMe page has been set up in a bid to cover Lim's court expenses. It has so far raised $1,300.