Kevin Rudd’s nephew is arrested in front of his young kids for painting a striking mural of a furious firefighter who lashed out at Scott Morrison
- Artist Van Thanh Rudd painted a mural of the firefighter on a Melbourne wall
- The painting was of a firefighter who told Scott Morrison to ‘get f**ked’ this week
- Mr Rudd, who is the nephew of Kevin Rudd, had permission to paint the mural
- He claims police arrested him in front of his kids and threatened to call DHS
- Mr Rudd claims police used intimidation but ‘reluctantly’ withdrew his charge
An artist who painted a mural of a firefighter who told Scott Morrison to ‘get f**ked’ has been arrested in front of his children.
Street artist Van Thanh Rudd, who is the nephew of former prime minister Kevin Rudd, painted a recreation of the viral video on a wall on Lygon Street in Melbourne on Monday.
The 47-year-old claims he had permission to paint the mural of the firefighter, but was arrested shortly after.
‘It’s true, I was arrested, handcuffed and charged in hazy daylight for criminal damage by three Victoria Police officers in front of my young children just after completing the mural,’ he said.
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Street artist Van Thanh Rudd painted a mural of the firefighter who told Scott Morrison to ‘get f**ked’ on a wall on Lygon St, Melbourne on Monday
Van Thanh Rudd (pictured), who is the nephew of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, claims he had permission to paint the mural, but was arrested by police in front of his kids
‘And the cops also threatened to call DHS [Department of Human Services] to remove my kids so I could be transported separately to the police station,’ he claimed.
Mr Rudd claimed the police officers took his belongings, searched his car and then spoke to his children as if they were ‘angelic saviours’.
‘I was eventually able to clarify the permission I’d had to paint the artwork of the legendary firefighter,’ he added.
Mr Rudd, who regularly paints political-themed street art, said police ‘quite reluctantly’ withdrew his arrest charge.
However, police are still sending a court summons to the artist.
‘As many climate protesters, graffiti and street artists know, the state government of Victoria and its police force are not friends of political art in public places, especially when done on private and state owned property without permission,’ he said.
‘But even in this case, when permission was given, and the willingness of people to see a mural like this in full public view given the fire emergency, the state will still find it a threat to business as usual, and seek to forcefully limit its exposure.’
Mr Rudd’s mural was based on volunteer firefighter Paul Parker, who pulled his fire truck over on the weekend on the NSW south coast to tell the prime minister to ‘get f**ked’.
‘Are you from the media?’ Tell the prime minister to go and get f**ked from Nelligen,’ he shouted, before collapsing on the ground from exhaustion and explaining he’d failed to save seven homes.
Victoria Police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that the incident will be investigated, and Mr Rudd may receive a summons for mark graffiti without consent.
Paul Parker pulled his fire truck over to the side of the road in Nelligen, on the NSW South Coast, to deliver the blunt message to the prime minister