Sunday, December 17, 2017
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Anti-Islam protest descends into violence in Australia

Police arrest seven as violence breaks out between anti-Islam and anti-fascist groups in Melbourne.

Anti-Islam protest

Police in Australia have used pepper spray to separate more than 300 angry protesters as anti-Islam and anti-racism groups clashed in the streets of Melbourne, the country's second biggest city.

Seven men were arrested in Coburg, a northern suburb of Melbourne on Saturday after anti-Islam protesters, some of whom were draped in the Australian flag, began fighting with their rivals.

TV Footage showed protesters using Australian flags to beat other demonstrators, before police moved in and used capsicum spray to stop the violence.

In one incident, a member of the United Patriots Front (UPF), which organised Saturday's anti-Islam and anti-immigrant rally, fell to the ground was kicked several times by two anti-racism activists.

When asked about the opposing groups, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the multicultural nature of Australian society was "one of our great achievements".

"We are united, we have so much in common, and we are stronger and more prosperous as a nation because of that diversity," he told reporters.

Attacks against Australia's Muslim community have increased in recent years partly due to the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.

In November, a survey by the Western Sydney University found that Muslims in Australia experience racism three times the national average.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

North Korea vows retaliation over U...

Read More

Tillerson calls on North Korea to e...

Read More

Philippines extends martial law to ...

Read More

Japan picks 'North' as 2017 symbol ...

Read More

Duterte seeks south Philippines mar...

Read More

Jerusalem: Malaysia army 'ready' to...

Read More

Global_News

Relatives of crew members from missing vessels are demanding the search operation continues until it is found.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

From snowfall to sunshine

Palestinians hold 'day of rage'