The basic storyline is that Australia achieved sovereignty following WWI, by virtue of the sacrifice made by the ANZAC’s, it had forged a realm, a kingdom, under international law. This kingdom had its own throne, which was sitting dormant awaiting a king, in Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance. In this ideology there is a strong dislike of Catholics, the St. Edward’s Crown, the blue Australian flag, and the registration with the U.S. Security and Exchanges Commission, all which believers see as part of a corporate counterfeit “foreign corporate administration”. Following this, is the typical OPCA “strawman”, with a religious twist that ” God is no respecter of persons” and the belief in Biblical superiority.
Birth pangs of a kingdom…
The following article in The Australian announces: “Victoria police on alert over deniers’ plan to rally” published 28 July 2020 regarding a highly visible police presence at the “event at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance on Friday… planned by the obscure Church of United Kingdom of Australia group.”
The Daily Mail published an article on 29 July 2020 regarding Anti-mask protesters, noting some of the group members are also affiliated with the Church of United Kingdom of Australia, “…which is planning an illegal rally in Melbourne on Friday… Mr Aitken is also a member of the Church of United Kingdom of Australia, and on the weekend held a ‘swearing in’ ceremony in St Kilda. Several other coronavirus conspiracy theorists are also affiliated with this ‘church’, shown by them posting the Red Ensign flag – the Australian flag with a red instead of blue background – on their Facebook profiles.
The group is planning a ‘historical tour and oath ceremony’ at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne on Friday. ‘Bring your 1901 Federal Red Ensign, honour our Forefathers and exercise a claim of freedom,’ the event page reads. The event is called Commonwealth of Australia Day, which Mr Aitken also refers to as ‘the real Australia Day’ in dozens of posts.
Victorian Police vowed to crack down on the event as gatherings of more than two are banned. ‘There will be a highly visible police presence at the event and if people do attend, and are found to be in breach of the directions issued by the Chief Health Officer, they will be subject to enforcement action,’ it said. ‘Anyone found to be blatantly, deliberately or obviously breaching the Chief Health Officer directions can expect to receive a fine of $1,652.’
The Courier Mail published a “Police warning over Church of United Kingdom of Australia” the same day, as the organiser said masks will not be worn by those who attend the “freedom” event at The Shrine on Friday. The Herald Sun published the same. as did The Daily Mail “Moronic coronavirus deniers plan a mass-demonstration on the streets of Melbourne” regarding the proposed event.
The “Commonwealth of Australia Day”
at the Shrine of Remembrance cost $29,700…
On the 31st July 2020, the police issued 18 Kingdom of Australia protesters with large fines at the Melbourne war memorial, before dramatically leading two people away in handcuffs. One protester screamed “Australia, we’re going to be free soon” and claimed coronavirus is a “lie” after being chased by police at a Melbourne protest which fizzled before it even started on Friday morning. Police chased a young man across the park and restrained him near office buildings on St Kilda Rd. He yelled “democracy always wins” before claiming he had a medical condition that prevented him from wearing a mask. He was let go after being searched by officers.
A man and a woman were also handcuffed and led away by officers to a divvy van near the city’s sacred Shrine of Remembrance as police cracked down on the event. The man was given a mask following his arrest, while the woman wore one around her neck.
Two adults and a child, who bizarrely all had their faces covered, are believed to have been fined $1652 after they approached the event carrying 1901 Federal Red Ensign flags, carried by many of the protesters. Another man argued with police next to the eternal flame about his rights to “worship” before he was threatened with a fine and quickly left. “I’m just here to worship, it’s not a crime,” he told police. He was wearing a scarf that he could pull up over his face.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the pair were arrested for failing to provide their details to officers. She said they were fined $1652 for breaching the chief health officer’s restrictions, with police issuing a total of 18 infringements at the event. “The fines issued were to people who attended the area today for a demonstration,” she said. “Police directed the individuals to leave the area or receive an infringement notice for breaching the chief health officer’s directives. All individuals received a $1652 fine.”
Police, including eight public order response vehicles, the mounted branch and bike patrol, have set up a perimeter surrounding the area to stop any potential protesters from even reaching the Shrine. Earlier Friday morning, a different group of protesters descended on the war memorial in an attempt to get an early jump on police. The spokeswoman said police had also issued four fines to protesters who attended the earlier event. “Despite the fact individuals who attended the earlier morning protest immediately left the area when requested to do so by police, we have issued four fines to those who attended this event,” she said. “We will continue to investigate the event in order to identify individuals who were in attendance, and plan to issue them with fines for breaching the chief health officer’s directions.”
More than a dozen Kingdom of Australia protesters were seen gathered around the eternal flame just after dawn. Many of the group were not wearing masks, others had scarfs they could pull up over their face, while a few were wearing masks. The group’s leader spent two or three minutes speaking before they were quickly moved on by police.
They were also carrying a handful of Red Ensign flags. The Church of United Kingdom of Australia organised the event for what its Facebook site described as a Commonwealth of Australia Day event, where they encouraged masks not to be worn. They said the event would “exercise a claim of freedom”. Police previously warned they would take action over blatant, deliberate or obvious breaches of the chief health officer’s directions at the gathering.
Police confirmed they dispersed the group as the event didn’t comply with the chief health officer’s directives. “Police will investigate the events of this morning’s demonstration and plan to issue fines to individuals who were identified,” police said in a statement. “We will also continue to investigate to identify other individuals who were in attendance, and we will consider enforcement options. There will continue to be a highly visible police presence in the area throughout the day to ensure the chief health officer’s directions are complied with.”
Juha Kulevi Kiskonen arrested:
Steven Spiers and many of his followers, like his loyal subject Juha Kulevi Kiskonen, erupt in anger towards those not supportive of this “Kingdom of Australia”, often making threats that they will see them “hung for treason” under R v Casement 1917. Juha Kulevi Kiskonen was arrested and refused bail for firearm offences and threats the following day, as published in the Daily Telegraph Sydney on 1 August 2020:
- Kingdom of Australia FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/kingdomofaustralia