‘You need some perspective on freedom’: Human rights lawyer whose refugee grandparents fled the Greek genocide, beats ‘d**khead’ protesters in Sydney and Melbourne
- Human rights lawyer Kon Karapanagiotidis responded to anti-Covid protesters
- He took to social channels to call them “d**kheads” and explain his reasons
- Mr Karapanagiotidis said that human rights are about compromise to work for everyone iedereen
- He said he had been working for people under persecution for 20 years jaar
A human rights lawyer has labeled anti-lockdown protesters in Sydney and Melbourne as ‘d**kheads with no perspective’ in a wild social media rant.
Asylum Seeker Resource Center chief Kon Karapanagiotidis lashed out at protesters in his hometown of Melbourne and around Australia.
Karapanagiotidis said Australians who bemoaned their rights being taken away should put themselves in the shoes of an asylum seeker.
Human rights lawyer Kon Karapanagiotidis, the founder and CEO of the Asylum Seeker Resource Center, made a number of posts on social media condemning protesters after Saturday’s protests
“As a human rights lawyer of 20 years fighting for the rights of people fleeing and experiencing persecution, if you believe you are currently being persecuted in NSW for being asked to incarcerate, mask, social distancing and stay safe” , he said.
“If you feel this persecution, I’m happy to tell you that for a fee as a human rights lawyer, I can tell you what an absolute, huge asshole you are.
“That’s right, you’re ad**khead, with no perspective.”
Karapanagiotidis’ advocacy for refugees began after he saw his own Greek parents suffer racism in Victorian factories after his grandparents fled the genocide in Anatolia after World War I.
About 3,500 protesters attended the Sydney demonstration against Covid lockdown restrictions
His organization has helped more than 12,000 people seeking asylum in Australia, leading to Mr Karapanagiotidis being once nominated as Australian of the Year and finalist in the Human Rights Medal award.
“It’s not about you, it’s about keeping each other safe, so how about helping us do that so we can all get out of the lockdown as humanly as possible with no deaths,” he said in his post.
On Twitter, Mr Karapanagiotidis posted another video in which he responded to those who were persecuted and oppressed by lockdowns.
“Human rights have compromises. Human rights are weighed against the greater interests and security of the community,” he replied.
‘It is a human right to drive, but you must wear a seat belt. It is a human right to cycle, but you must wear a helmet.
“You can’t think only of yourself, regardless of the impact and damage you inflict on others.”
Protesters were arrested by police in Sydney City Hall last Saturday during the anti-lockdown rally in Sydney’s Hyde Park
Anti-lockdown protests took place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on Saturday
Community unrest over the closure broke out on Saturday afternoon as around 3,500 people marched through Sydney’s CBD to protest the closure.
During the meeting, about 57 people were charged and 90 violation warrants were issued, which Ms Berejiklian says was disgusted and heartbroken.
Two men were charged with beating a police horse.
More than 5,500 reports were made to Crime Stoppers and investigators have identified more than 200 people to date.
A special strike force of detectives combs through images from social media, CCTV and police bodycams to identify them.
There are now fears that the protest in Sydney will turn into a ‘super spreader’ event.
Meanwhile, NSW Health issued more than 30 new warnings on Sunday evening for locations visited by a person with Covid.