No ‘storm’ at Old Parliament after Richard Jarrett aka Bumajin Gumbaynggiirr clashes with magistrate | Canberra time

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The ‘sovereign citizens’ failed to implement supposed plans to ‘storm’ the Old Parliament on Saturday, instead marching to the new Parliament building and laying roses in a peaceful protest. The predicted storm failed to hit hours after a man arrested when police dismantled a nearby campsite clashed with a magistrate in court, telling her ‘you can talk’ after claiming she had no “no skill”. Tensions have risen in the Parliamentary Triangle in recent weeks as protesters, many with links to anti-vaccination movements, have camped near the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, ​​which is not associated with the group. On Friday, police removed tents and other structures from the area occupied by protesters, who were living in a park in violation of Commonwealth law. But for the large number of officers who returned Saturday morning in a bid to avoid any “storming” of the Old Houses of Parliament, the area was largely deserted. In the afternoon, however, around 100 people gathered in front of the building and marched past the current national parliament. The police formed two lines there and allowed women and children to cross the first to lay roses near the front doors of Parliament, where the second group of officers were standing. Protesters then took turns speaking through megaphones, with one dismissing COVID-19 as a “head cold” and another destroying vaccines designed to protect people against it. One woman said the roses were left in memory of children she said were killed by “this poison they call a vaccine”. A spokeswoman for ACT Policing said only one arrest had been made in connection with Saturday’s protest activity. A man seen driving on the lawns near the Old Houses of Parliament has been arrested for allegedly driving while disqualified. Members of the protest group, some of whom were banned from Parkes after being charged over a December 30 fire in the Old Houses of Parliament, recently attempted to evict officials from government buildings in the hope of establishing a “People’s Council”. They claim that there is no proof of “national sovereignty” and that the federal government is simply “one corporation”. A ‘sovereign citizen’ arrested during Friday’s campsite cleanup, Richard Leslie Jarrett, raised the idea in the ACT Magistrates’ Court on Saturday. He clashed with Magistrate Beth Campbell, telling her ‘you can talk’ after she claimed she had ‘no jurisdiction’. “I don’t need your permission, let me assure you,” Ms Campbell told the 49-year-old. Mr Jarrett, who appeared from a remote room, told the court he did not ‘claim any legal name’ and was in fact called Chief Bumajin Gumbaynggiirr. Prosecutor Lauren Knobel said Mr Jarrett agreed to police bail conditions barring him from being in Parkes, but he was found there and arrested for the offense around 6pm on Friday. The court heard the bail conditions were tied to charges of trespassing at The Lobby restaurant and possessing a long spear in public without a reasonable excuse on December 24. When Ms Campbell read these allegations to Mr Jarrett, a self-proclaimed ‘sovereign man’, he did not plead. “I refute any allegation of presumption of law,” he said four times. The unrepresented defendant also referred to Ms. Campbell when she called him Mr. Jarrett. “I am Chief Bumajin Gumbaynggiirr,” the man told him. The magistrate replied, “Yours best.” Asked that she ‘was being sarcastic’, Ms Campbell admitted she was ‘a bit’. Mr. Jarrett took that issue no further, saying: “I will forgive you.” After Ms Knobel told the court that she would not be asking for Mr Jarrett’s bail to be revoked, Ms Campbell granted his release. The magistrate also changed the bail conditions to allow Mr Jarrett to return once to Parkes, accompanied by the police, to collect his belongings. Mr Jarrett is due in court again on February 9. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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