Covid NSW: Anti-lockdown protester in Sydney reveals his friends have deserted him because of his views his
An anti-lockdown protester has admitted his friends have let him down over his controversial views on how Australia should fight the Covid pandemic.
Romeo Georges was one of more than 3,500 protesters who poured into Sydney’s CBD on Saturday demanding an end to the Harbor City lockdown as it battles the highly contagious Delta tribe.
Violent clashes erupted between police and unmasked protesters, who stood close together chanting anti-vax slogans and holding signs demanding freedom while spewing conspiracy theories.
Footage posted to social media shows Mr Georges, hailing from the Covid-hit western suburbs of the city, violating home orders to attend the rally, while issuing a message to NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian.
West Sydney anti-lockdown protester Romeo (pictured) has revealed his controversial stance against NSW’s measures to fight the Covid pandemic and has cost him friends
‘They [Ms Berejiklian] thinks she can shut out the west. We run Sydney!’ he yells.
“You don’t know what it means to be a bum!” he adds, referring to Ms Berejiklian’s Armenian ancestry.
The demonstrations sparked widespread public outcry as they threaten to derail the city’s fight against the Delta outbreak.
Now, Mr. Georges has revealed that even his closest friends believe he is an “idiot” because of his unorthodox beliefs.
“My dear friends, when I look into their eyes, I see that they think I’m an idiot, a dope,” he says in a video on YouTube.
“Over the past few weeks, their theories about me, I’m starting to believe myself. I’ve lost my buddies.
“They’re still part of my life, but I’ve lost them the way I used to have them. I am no longer considered the “old Romeo”. Now I’m just a crazy tune.
“And believe it or not, they’re right.”
A video of Romeo (pictured) went viral showing him during Saturday’s ‘we run Sydney’ protest
The “freedom fighter” announced that he would be shutting down his social media accounts after criticizing his posts, which included anti-vaccination sentiment and claiming the pandemic is a scam.
Georges said his friends apologized when asked to attend protests, claiming their failure to join him contributed to the tougher restrictions being put in place across Sydney.
“When I yelled and screamed on social media, I was called an ‘idiot,’ a ‘crazy,'” he says.
“When I asked all of you to go to the protests, I was told: ‘I have to take my wife somewhere’, ‘I have a doctor’s appointment’, ‘the kids are having football’, ‘the protests mean nothing’.
“Now I hear ‘we want to join the protest,’ but we came here because when I asked you to join the first time, you were too busy.”
The video, which garnered more than 3,200 views, was posted online on July 26 – six days before the mass demonstration in Sydney’s CBD.
More than 3,500 protesters stormed the streets of Sydney’s CBD on Saturday, demanding an end to the city’s lockdown
Despite friends’ disinterest, Mr Georges was not stopped from attending the protest, with other videos posted online showing the protester being lifted by his cheering supporters as he waved an Australian flag in the sky.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mr Georges for comment.
The admission comes as NSW recorded 239 new locally acquired cases of coronavirus on Thursday – the highest daily figure the state has ever seen.
Authorities fear the marches may have been ‘super spreader’ events and are bracing for a rise in cases in the coming days.
Ms Berejiklian previously said she was “utterly disgusted” by the actions of those in attendance, describing them as “selfish” as millions of other residents follow the rules.
On Wednesday, the prime minister announced that the lockdown would be extended by four weeks – until August 28 – as authorities are still grappling with the number of cases.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Sydneysiders have flocked to social media to take down the protesters.
“Do the anti-mask/lockdown protesters in Sydney today realize they’ve probably only added a few more months to our lockdown?” read a tweet.
‘Shoulder to shoulder with a variant that seems to be able to transmit effectively outdoors. You are going to play yourself.’
Violent clashes broke out between police and protesters, who were filmed pelting objects at officers. Pictured: A protester is hoisted into a garden bed during a demonstration in Sydney
One woman said she was furious to see protesters ignoring restrictions while she was unable to visit her hospitalized daughter.
‘F*** I’m crazy. Fine them all,” she wrote.
NSW Police quickly set up Strike Force Seasoned to track down all those present at Saturday’s protest.
So far, 63 protesters have been charged with various crimes and more arrests are expected. More than 250 public breach notifications have already been made.
Crime Stoppers NSW has received more than 10,000 tips from the public after NSW Ms Berejiklian and Police Minister David Elliott urged residents to catch up with those who posted images of themselves during the protest.
Strike detectives are also analyzing images from social media, CCTV and police cameras to identify more.