Beloved Sydney icon Danny Lim has been released from hospital following a violent arrest in Sydney’s QVB earlier this week.

Federal Greens Senator, David Shoebridge, shared a snap of Lim, 78, in a wheelchair and wearing a neckbrace while surrounded by staff at St Vincent’s Hospital this morning.

“Danny Lim has been released from hospital with a plan in place for ongoing monitoring,” Shoebridge wrote.

Lim’s lawyer, Chris Murphy, confirmed the good news, posting on Twitter: “Danny Lim has been released from hospital with a plan in place for ongoing monitoring. Thank you staff at St Vincent’s Darlinghurst for the loving care. Thank you to the community for your love & support, hope to get our happy icon back with his smiles and his signs.”

It comes following major backlash from the public after shocked bystanders captured Lim’s arrest in Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building as it unfolded, during which police forced Danny to the ground, with one officer looking to have tripped the elderly man, leading Lim’s head hitting the tiles and resulting in a black eye and a bloody cheek.

His lawyer said yesterday that Lim had been left “unable to communicate clearly” after the altercation with police left him with a brain bleed and neck injury.

As video footage of Lim’s violent arrest went viral, protestors gathered outside Surry Hills police station on Wednesday in solidarity with the well-known character, who is known for walking around the CBD with his famous sandwich board signs.

Posting a snap of the crowd holding signs that read “Stop the police brutality” and “Justice for Danny Lim”, ABC reporter Gavin Coote said yesterday that “protesters have gathered outside the Surry Hills police complex, many with signs bearing similar phrases to Danny Lim’s sandwich boards, expressing solidarity for the 78yo activist and expressing anger at yesterday’s police response”.

According to police, who released a statement on Wednesday, Lim had failed to comply when he was asked to leave the building by security, and then officers.

“Police will allege the man was subsequently issued with a move on direction by officers and failed to comply,” they said in a statement.

“The man’s arrest was discontinued after he struggled with police and sustained an injury to his cheekbone … As inquiries into the incident continue, an independent review has been launched, which will examine the actions of police during the incident.”

Lim has not yet been charged with any offences. A spokesperson confirmed “inquiries are continuing” into the incident.

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