Anti-terrorism police have accused a Melbourne man of allegedly threatening Prime Minister Daniel Andrews and urging protesters to bring guns to state parliament.
Court records have confirmed that Imre Pelyva will face Dandenong Magistrates Court later this month following investigations by the Victoria Police counter-terrorism command.
Police say Pelyva has urged anti-lock protesters to bring guns to the streets of Melbourne where thousands of people this week protested against the state government’s proposed pandemic management bill.
Mr Pelyva is believed to have made online comments urging protesters to “carry rifles and shotguns” and “shoot Mr Dan f-k in the head”.
He also allegedly provided protesters with instructions on how to make “Molotov cocktails at home” and posted on “burning police cars” and “beating them”.
Mr. Pelyva will face Dandenong Magistrates Court on November 25.
A representative of Victoria Police confirmed that police were investigating incidents involving threats directed at members of parliament.
“We have seen a number of people indicted over the past year in connection with threats directed at high-profile members of the community, including members of parliament,” he said.
“Victoria Police take any threat against a person extremely seriously, including both internet and physical threats, and will investigate incidents to the fullest degree.”
Mr Andrews spoke of particular violent threats made against him after an explosive copy of the prime minister was placed next to makeshift gallows on the steps of parliament on Monday.
“They’re basically attacking my family’s safety,” he said.
“Be really clear and listen to this message – I will not be hindered by the work I do to keep every family safe.
“I wouldn’t want the horrible, disgusting, and possibly criminal behavior of a small number of people to diminish the amazing work that so many Victorians have done.”