Weekend activities for young surf lifesaving ‘nippers’ have been cancelled after outspoken sovereign citizen activist David Graham called on people to confront their organizations over support for the gay pride movement.
Graham, who goes by ‘Guru’ online, was outraged last weekend when clubs took part in the Pride Rainbow Beaches initiative, coinciding with WorldPride in Sydney, that saw the volunteer organisation fly rainbow flags at a number of clubs.
In a video seen by Daily Mail Australia, he told followers to ‘hit (Illawarra) surf clubs this weekend’ and wait until the ‘four and five-year-old nippers are down the beach’.
‘Then … we see these people in the surf life saving facilities and ask them why they’re pushing this woke s*** … why they’ve got their rainbow flags everywhere,’ Graham said.
Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club, 72km south of Sydney, took Graham’s video so seriously it made the ‘unfortunate decision to cancel nippers’.
Heartless conspiracy theorist David Graham (pictured) has ruined the weekend for young kids after his plan to storm NSW surf clubs caused a nippers session to be cancelled
The club said the protest ‘may affect clubs across the Illawarra related to (the) support of Pride Week and inclusivity and diversity’.
‘Whilst we in no way condone this type of behaviour, the safety of our volunteers and members is paramount,’ the club wrote.
In his video, Graham called for ‘freedom fighters’ to go to surf clubs this weekend.
He and his partner Mel allegedly harassed volunteers at the North Wollongong branch last Sunday.
According to the Illawarra Mercury, footage, which has since been taken off Facebook, showed Graham arguing with volunteer lifeguards over rainbow flags at the beach.
‘You’re attacking the admin lady and that’s unfair,’ a bystander told Graham in the video, the Mercury reported.
‘I’m passionate about our children, and these flogs are just trying to f****** turn them into gay little kids,’ Graham replied.
Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club, 72km south of Sydney, took Graham’s threat so seriously it made the ‘unfortunate decision to cancel nippers’ (Facebook post pictured)
Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club (training session pictured) said what the conspiracist called for ‘may affect clubs across the Illawarra related to (the) support of Pride Week and inclusivity and diversity’
Surf Life Saving NSW spokeswoman Donna Wishart said it was told of Graham’s video earlier this week and the police were notified.
‘Just as a precaution we have informed the police to ensure they are aware of any activities down at the beaches,’ she said.
Ms Wishart said they were ‘not particularly worried’ as ‘volunteer lifesavers deal with a lot bigger issues than this and they are well placed to deal with anything that happens’.
What is the sovereign citizen movement?
Sovereign citizens believe they are immune from government rules – such as drivers’ licences and permits – and in some cases have violently confronted police.
They use a variety of conspiracy theories and falsehoods to justify their beliefs and their activities, some of which are illegal and violent.
In the US, the FBI has described the movement as ‘domestic terrorism’.
Source: Southern Poverty Law Center
Clubs in the Illawarra were asked to look out for any strange behaviour on the beaches this weekend.
On a podcast after the nippers’ cancellation, Graham defended his actions.
‘We have just got to stop these guys somehow or other,’ he said.
‘I’m not a conspiracy theorist and I will be challenging that because because everything I have said has come through.’
Last month, Graham was arrested in Wollongong, 85km south of Sydney, after allegedly intimidating a radio worker.
He arrived at court surrounded by supporters after he allegedly stalked and harassed a 2GB worker over being refused an interview on Ben Fordham’s breakfast show.
The concreter was arrested after police searched his boat, which is also his home, in Wollongong Harbour, with officers also allegedly finding drugs.
While he was refused a spot on Ben Fordham’s show, Graham did get a brief stint on John Laws’ show, who called him a ‘conspiratorialist’ and ‘clown’.
Graham, who has also had an apprehended violence order taken out against him by police, is running for the NSW Parliament in the state election on March 25.
He has built an online following during the Covid-19 pandemic with posts and live streams opposing lockdowns.
After his arrest, Graham he lodged an application for police to return items seized from his boat.
‘They took everything from inside the boat – every device,’ he said in a livestream.
‘They also took all the stuff they weren’t supposed to take which is all our election gear, all my signatures that I came down to Canberra and got off you beautiful people.’
David Graham (pictured), is running for the NSW Parliament in the state election on March 25
2GB presenter Ben Fordham (pictured) refused to interview David Graham on his program
He said he used his time in custody to ‘red pill’ Wollongong police officers and that he uses the mainstream media to get his messages out.
‘Red pill’ is a reference to the 1999 film The Matrix, where taking the pill leads to learning a potentially unsettling or life-changing truth.
According to Graham’s Podcast Facebook page, his aim is to ‘stop the rot in our country and world and deliver the truth to the masses’.
Magistrate Melissa Humphreys adjourned Graham’s case until March 16 so he could get legal advice.