The dude who turned up at the Sydney anti-lockdown protest on Saturday and screamed “1,000 cases tomorrow” is now trying to post his way out of trouble after attracting all the wrong kinds of attention.
The short clip of day spa owner Le Dandachli quickly spread around Instagram, Twitter and even TikTok after people felt as if he was laughing in the face of everyone doing their bit to stay home and stop the spread of the virus.
As many as 15,000 people are believed to have attended the anti-lockdown protest in Sydney. NSW Police has already issued over 500 fines to people who attended, with Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys describing the rally as “violent, filthy, risky behaviour.”
I hope the 1000 cases includes you ???? pic.twitter.com/WloF6PkP6N
— Maree Ma (@maree_jun) July 24, 2021
Perhaps unluckily for Dandachli, his Insta bio states that he’s the director of the Little Europe day spa in the southwestern Sydney suburb of Liverpool.
There’s no doubt day spas and salons, like many businesses, have been doing it tough after being forced to close under Greater Sydney’s lockdown restrictions. But participating in an unauthorised mass gathering will only prolong that lockdown.
Outraged social media users quickly got to work flooding his business with negative Google reviews. It’s become somewhat of a tradition when business owners are busted flouting lockdown restrictions.
However Dandachli claims that the Google Maps listing was fake to begin with. It’s now been taken down altogether.
On Sunday, Dandachli then took to Instagram to address all the drama, while doubling down on his anti-lockdown views. He also ranted about vaccines for a bit.
“This is the last time that I’m actually going to speak about this topic or about this situation in any way, shape or form,” he said on Sunday.
“Regarding the situation that happened yesterday, yes I did go to the protest. I went to the protest not only for myself. I went to the protest for you all.
“I went to the protest to fight for small business. I went to the protest to fight for big businesses. I went to the protest to fight for humanity, to fight for freedom.”
He went on to clarify that he made the “1,000 cases” joke because the TikTok numbers guessing guy, Jon-Bernard Kairouz, was speaking at the protest at that time. Kairouz will now face court for attending the protest.
Dandachli also said he doesn’t want to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but added that he respects other people’s choice to get the jab.
“Let’s say, for example, I have the cancer vaccine, and I’ve proven that this is the vaccine that cures cancer,” he said
“If someone is diagnosed, god forbid, with cancer and they don’t want to take my vaccine, for example, that’s completely fine. There will be more vaccines for the people that want to be cured.
“So that is my topic. My topic is why we are being forced to take it. And that’s not even my topic in any way, shape or form.”
The day spa owner also addressed all the negative reviews and commentary being made online.
“For all of these fake accounts in Japan that are making TikToks, thank you so much. Thank you so much for the publicity,” he said.
“And for the fake reviews on Google, this does not mean anything. With one phone call I could have a thousand reviews if I really wanted to.
“On top of that, it’s a fake account that someone has made.”
After repeatedly saying that he wouldn’t talk about the protest or the controversy again “in any way, shape or form” after the video, Dandachli did in fact have more to say afterwards.
In his mot recent Insta story, Dandachli took a slightly different tac.
“To that fake Google account that was made, with those fake reviews, just shows the power, the power of this amazing place,” he said.