Australian DJ Smokin Joe Mekhael has been arrested and charged for disrupting the Anzac Day dawn service in Sydney’s Martin Place yesterday morning.
Video of Mekhael’s self-described “peaceful protest” allegedly features audio of him shouting anti-war comments during a one-minute silence, yelling, “Stop the wars, bring peace to the world.”
The self-described “revolutionary warrior”, who attempted to set a world record in 2011 for the longest continual DJ set, can be heard saying, “The courageous will never be silent as long as these wars continue. Senseless violence.” Watch the video in full, below.
Following his arrest, 32-year-old Mekhael took to Facebook to say, “I just got out of jail after disrupting the celebration of war that is #anzacday and being assaulted by some of Sydney’s weakest pencil-necked police puppets.
“We must have the courage to stand up against those who are enslaving the human race!”
News Corp Australia reports that Mekhael has been released on conditional bail by Surry Hills police, after being charged with behaving in an offensive manner in a public place and resisting an officer in the execution of duty.
He is set to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday, 18th May.