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Australian Police Arrest Activist Wearing ‘I'm With Stupid’ T-Shirt

I'm With Stupid

I'm With Stupid – image courtesy Judi Jabour ‏@judi_jabour tweet

In Queensland, Australia, online activist Iain Fogerty, who runs a parody Twitter account of the state premier, was arrested and “charged with public nuisance” after standing next to campaigners in Brisbane during the first week of the state election campaign.

Fogerty pokes fun at Queensland State Premier Campbell Newman with his @can_do_campbell account, imitating the politician for humour and satire.   

Wayne Jansson aka @Jansant, an Australian citizen journalist and photographer, summed up the feelings of many on social media about the arrest on 8 January 2015:

@EnviroStudent also made the connection with the tragic events in Paris and the @JeSuisCharlie hashtag:

Fogerty was waving next to a group of people campaigning for the governing Liberal National Party when he was arrested, the Guardian reported:

It was no surprise that the #imwithstupid hashtag has trended on Twitter.

Inevitably, Campbell Newman became the butt of Photoshop parody:

The premier is wearing the cap:

Queensland police commissioner Ian Stewart found himself defending his colleagues actions:

Earlier in the day he had tweeted:

This image from Atom Smasher was tweeted several times:

Stupid T-shirt sign

Stupid T-shirt sign – courtesy Atom Smasher (atomsmasher.org/construction)

Anyway, as another cliché puts it: “If you didn't laugh, you'd cry!”

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