Police have turned up on the doorstep of a Sydney construction boss over unfounded fears he was trying to incite a riot over the new lockdown restrictions.
Peter Khayat said he had to stand down 200 building site workers under the new strict lockdown rules that came into force on Monday.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian to ban all construction work until July 30 after days more more than 100 daily new cases. There were another 78 cases on Tuesday.
In a series of Facebook posts on Saturday, Peter Khayat, pictured here with his wife Sarah, from Kogarah in Sydney’s south, appeared to call for an uprising against the government over the lockdown
Police have turned up on the doorstep of a Sydney construction site boss over fears he was trying to incite a coup over the latest lockdown restrictions (pictured above)
In a series of Facebook posts, Mr Khayat, from Ramsgate in Sydney’s south, appeared to call for an uprising against the government over the lockdown.
‘Am I the only one thinking it’s time we fought for our basic human rights?’ Mr Khayat posted on Facebook.
‘How the f**k are we not storming government buildings [not] just doing as they say #sheep.’
Underneath he added: ‘Time to riot… freedom is not free. The time now is now brother.’
In a later post he added: ‘Time to fight… viva the revolution.’
Shortly after the posts, a convoy of trucks caused havoc on the Anzac Bridge on Saturday afternoon with similar scenes at the Harbour Bridge.
Shortly after the posts, a convoy of trucks caused havoc on the Anzac Bridge on Saturday (pictured above) afternoon with similar scenes at the Harbour Bridge.
A spontaneous protest against the new tighter restrictions also took place in Bankstown on Saturday (pictured)
A series of Facebook posts apparently called for a coup against the government (pictured) which sparked the police visit to Peter Khayat’s home
Simultaneously in the city’s south-west, scores of protesters flooded a park in Bankstown.
Mr Khayat, who runs Kogarah-based KPR Engineering, also reposted a video of the truckers’ protest with the caption: ‘Time to rise people. Anzac bridge shut down in protest.
‘Bankstown the lebos are in full riot. Freedom is not free!’
A few hours later though, Mr Khayat opened the door of his home to three NSW Police officers after they received a tip-off about his posts.
In a series of video clips Mr Khayat published on his TikTok, police said they were told about his comments and were doing their ‘due diligence’.
But Mr Khayat insisted: ‘You just wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to storm the government buildings? I don’t even know where the government buildings are…’
In a series of video clips Mr Khayat published on his TikTok account (pictured), police say they had been told about his comments and were doing their ‘due diligence’
Peter Khayat runs KPR Engineering, based in Kogarah
A police officer told him: ‘I’m not here to get you in trouble. There are a lot of people out there that are doing things which are causing a lot of disruption.
‘I see where you’re coming from… [but] there’s a lot of dramas going on.’
Mr Khayat replied: ‘There are a lot of Karens out there – I completely agree with you.
‘I’ve got four kids, a wife and a mortgage. I’ve got 200 workers stood down right now because of Gladdy [Premier Berejiklian].
‘There’s no way on God’s green earth, I’m going to go to a government building and go do 10 years, 20 years, whatever…that’s f**king stupid.’
He added: ‘It’s social media. I might sit on somebody’s Lamborghini and say it’s mine. It’s not mine, it’s fake, it’s all fake. It’s social media.
He posted clips from the police encounter on Facebook and TikTok (pictured)
‘I haven’t threatened anyone, have I? Whatever I say on social media is done in good fun. I don’t have any trucks like what shut down the streets today.
‘I’m surprised you’re here. I don’t feel I’ve posted anything wrong. It’s absolute bulls***. It’s my freedom of speech to say that.
‘Am I going to do something about it? Abolsolutely not… [but] we’re all frustrated. We’ve all got families to feed.’
Daily Mail Australia contacted NSW Police. Mr Khayat declined to comment.