Iconic Australian who carries around a sign on public transport shrieks as he’s violently arrested and thrown to the ground – and now he’s in hospital
- Danny Lim, 77, was arrested in the Queen Victoria Building on Tuesday morning
- The Sydney icon is known for wearing signs preaching love and happiness
- NSW Police were called by security after Mr Lim allegedly refused to leave
- Mr Lim has been hospitalised after suffering an injury to his cheekbone
An iconic Australian who is known for walking Sydney‘s streets wearing signs preaching the importance of love and happiness is in hospital after being violently arrested by police.
Footage posted online shows Danny Lim, 77, being handcuffed by two officers in the Queen Victoria Building, in the city’s CBD, just before 11am on Tuesday.
The Malaysian-born provocateur can be heard screaming ‘help’ as the officers place his hands behind his back and throw him down onto the ground.
NSW Police said they were called to the scene by security guards after Mr Lim allegedly failed to leave the building when asked.
Footage posted online shows Danny Lim being arrested by two police officers on Tuesday
‘Police will allege the man was subsequently issued with a move on direction by officers and failed to comply,’ they said in a statement.
‘The man’s arrest was discontinued after he struggled with police and sustained an injury to his cheekbone.
‘He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics and taken to St Vincent’s Hospital.’
The force said police from Sydney City PAC have reviewed body worn video of the incident and inquiries continue.
Criminal defence lawyer Chris Murphy, who shared the video on Twitter, slammed the arrest of the ‘innocent man’ as ‘heavy handed’, with many of Mr Lim’s fans rallying to show support.
‘Simply outrageous,’ one person commented.
‘More outrageous is the total lack of interest or concern by the public, passing by [the] incident. Head/face first to tiled concrete floor, unconscionable.’
Another said: ‘This is absolutely horrible. Shameful.’
‘This is f***ing appalling and heavy handedness,’ someone else wrote.
More to come.
Mr Lim (pictured with his chihuahua-Pomeranian dog Smarty) is an icon around Sydney, known for walking around wearing signs urging others to be kind and happy