SA premier's press conference interrupted by wild arrest

·News Reporter
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A man has been arrested after allegedly disrupting the South Australian Premier’s press conference in Adelaide.

Premier Peter Malinauskas was speaking to journalists about an extension to the free flu vaccinations on Thursday afternoon when he was interrupted.

The 54-year-old was arrested after he allegedly attacked a member of the Premier's security team. Source: Seven News
The 54-year-old was arrested after he allegedly attacked a member of the Premier's security team. Source: Seven News

Police say a plain-clothes officer had asked a man to move back after he got too close to the Premier.

The man allegedly refused and started acting in a disorderly manner, police claim.

In vision of the incident, the man appears to punch a member of the premier’s security team in the face, before he was tackled to the ground by police.

The 54-year-old was charged with disorderly behaviour and resist police.

He has since been bailed and will appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on August 5.

Not the first interruption for SA premiers

Earlier this year, an anti-mask protester was arrested after interrupting former premier Steven Marshall's daily Covid briefing.

The 46-year-old man had allegedly been watching and filming the premier during the press conference before he attempted to approach him at the conclusion of the event.

The man shouted inaudible questions and tried to approach him but plain-clothed policemen intervened while Mr Marshall was escorted out.

The man, who was carrying a placard with anti-mask sentiments, was eventually arrested after a scuffle.

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