by Dee McLachlan
Four pedestrians are dead, and 31 others have been hospitalized in my city, Melbourne. A car was deliberately driven down the pavement at lunchtime in the CBD.
Recall that in July 2016, a cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. Then, just before Christmas another truck was driven into crowds at the Christmas market in Berlin. Now Melbourne, but the police say it is not a case of terrorism.
The man, reported to be Dimitrious (‘Jimmy’) Gargasoulas, was being chased by the police, but the pursuit had to be abandoned when the car headed into the city. Gargasoulas then apparently taunted the police by doing “doughnuts” outside Flinders Street Station — before driving down Swanston Street (which is closed to cars), and ramping onto the pavement mowing down pedestrians.
Gargasoulas, 26, allegedly stabbed his brother in the early hours of the morning (that is Friday, January 20, 2017) before stealing a car, and taking along a reluctant woman passenger by force. He was known to police and had a history of drug use, violence and psychological problems.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, the driver in Nice, was also known to police “through violence and petty theft” between 2010 and 2016. Anis Amri, 24, the Tunisian truck driver in Berlin had been under covert surveillance by German authorities for more than six months.
This almost feels like a copycat scenario.
A psychiatrist friend of mine has told me about psychotic behaviour of patients on ice. It literally “fries” the brain often resulting in extreme violence. Is this a case of an ice rampage?
What makes this a particularly sad event, is that a child was killed and a three-month old was rushed to hospital in critical condition.
Dr Richard Day has said back in 1969 that “There might need to be a time when people would witness real violence and be a part of it. So there would be more realistic violence in entertainment…” (See paragraphs marked 74 and 75).
Some other points to note are:
- The former Victorian police commissioner Christine Nixon was in the area yesterday and narrowly escaped being run over by the crazed driver.
- Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle was holding a press conference on the steps of the town hall at the time, and watched the drama unfold. He said the car, “…attempted to turn left into Little Collins St and then to our horror, because its way was blocked by the bollards which were in place at lunch time, it mounted the pavement and drove at speed down towards the Bourke Street Mall.”
- Gargasoulas has declared war on tyranny, and on his alleged twitter feed ranted about “Illuminati dogs,” and how to take them down. This is one Facebook post.
It seems that Gargasoulas had two Facebook profiles. I found nothing on Twitter.
They report that Gargasoulas claimed to be “Greek Islamic Kurdish” and a follower of Yazdanism, the native religion of the Kurds before the arrival of Islam, also know as the “cult of Angels.”
On twitter — photograph of Gargasoulas posing in front of a rusted tank in front of the gum trees
This photograph (below) is after the driver was shot at, and dragged out by the police. He was wearing only red boxers. The high view shows the damage of the car — and damage to the roof.
Premier Daniel Andrews paid tribute to the Melburnians who helped out after the rampage:
“Our hearts are breaking this afternoon that a number of people have died. Others remain in a critical condition, very, very serious ill or gravely ill in hospitals around our city but we are stronger than this.”
Even in the most livable city in the world — Melbourne — yesterday was not so livable.
A side note: The above video has been posted by a YouTube Channel called “Breaking News,” (see above). It appears to have started posting last week and when I looked last night it had no subscribers. There are now 78.
This incident is convoluted and bizarre.
On Friday morning, a Channel 9 field reporter was reporting on the stabbing incident that had occurred in the early hours that morning (top photo below). Just behind her is the perpetrator, Gargasoulas, in the “stolen” car — looking at her. He eventually slips his cap on, gives the camera a “finger” and drives off. The reporter turns around confused (bottom photo below). It can be seen on this video.
We’ll keep you posted on this incident.