A bizarre video of “sovereign citizens” has surfaced online, alluding to an ominous conspiracy theory by Steve Irwin during a stunt outside Government House.
The sovereign citizen movement has recently gained traction in Australia and is used to describe those who essentially claim they are ‘immune’ to the law and believe it doesn’t apply to them.
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However, in a video posted to Facebook recently, two people can be heard hinting at some bizarre theories behind the late Crocodile Hunter and the Queensland wildlife park he founded, Australia Zoo.
The video showed two people kayaking on Canberra’s Molonglo River in front of Government House while two others, a man and a woman, chatted by the riverbed about Irwin – who was killed by a stingray in 2006.
The man and woman, nicknamed Vicki and Corey on Twitter, then yelled at the kayakers that “Steve Irwins” were across the river.
“They’re either Steve Irwins or they’re military. They could be Steve Irwins,” they say.
“At first I thought it was military, but it could be a couple of Steve Irwin’s groundsmen.
“Steve Irwin lookalikes. I don’t think Steve Irwin would show his face there.”
It’s not known exactly what Corey is referring to when he refers to “Steve Irwins,” but he says, “I’m not going there … let’s just say may he rest in peace.”
“Absolutely,” Vicki replies, before Corey states that Irwin was the 17th person “ever to have been killed by a stingray.”
However, things get even more bizarre when the man adds: “And the shape of Australia Zoo is in a Q. Nothing to see here folks.”
“There’s nothing to see here, just coincidence,” Vicki replies.
The proposals could be a reference to QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory that shares strange beliefs about who controls politics and the media.
Other videos posted to social media showed one of the men on the kayaks, identified as Dan, was on bail, meaning he cannot be within 200 meters of Government House.
However, when Dan returns to shore, he is met by two ACT cops who arrest him for violating bail conditions.
Footage of the arrest showed Dan claiming he “didn’t touch any land” near Government House and simply pulled into the river to go kayaking before turning around.
“Are you aware that your bail can’t be closer than 200 meters from a government building,” asks the officer.
The bizarre footage comes a week after an officer ripped out the car window of another “sovereign citizen” when she refused to get out of her car.
The woman was stopped in Coffs Harbour, NSW last Wednesday but refused to cooperate with police who asked for her name and driving licence.
The officer informed the woman that she was pulled over for driving without registration.
Subsequent checks revealed that the car’s registration had expired last July.
She was arrested and charged with multiple felonies before being released on bail and is scheduled to appear in Coffs Harbor Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
Southern Cross University Dean David Heilpern explained that sovereign citizens essentially claim they are “immune” from the law.
“By declaring themselves separate from the law, they believe it doesn’t apply to them,” he told 7NEWS.com.au.
“And a lot of these people are breaking away from the law just by saying they don’t agree.
“I find it really strange.”
However, Heilpern said there are different levels at which people believe in this ideology.
“Some people just want to defy the law and question things, which can certainly be a good thing,” he said.
“But on the other end … it’s very dangerous because it’s essentially free for everyone.”
The trend appears to be increasing, Heilpern added.
“I’m guided by police commissioners who say these people are increasing in number and pose a real threat,” he said.
“And I think one of the reasons … is a disillusionment with government, especially since COVID-19.
“People who are against vaccinations or against masks have carried that disillusionment onto other ideologies and one of those is sovereign citizenship where they just believe the law doesn’t apply to them.”
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