Tinejdad - An organization referred to as Reclaim Australia, along with some far right activists held anti-Islam demonstrations in major Australian cities, on Sunday.
Tinejdad – An organization referred to as Reclaim Australia, along with some far right activists held anti-Islam demonstrations in major Australian cities, on Sunday.
Some 150 Reclaim Australian activists took to Sydney’s Martin Place on Sunday to protest against what they called the Islamization of the country. Some of them were wearing Spartan outfits.
Reclaim Australia said that the protest was “a public response to Islamic extremism and minority groups who wish to change the identity of the Australian nation.” It was also “a reaction to the recent atrocities of radical Islam in Australia and abroad.”
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In reaction to the Anti-Islam rally, a counter-protest standing for multiculturalism and against Islamophobia gathered at the same place, accusing the protesters of neo-Nazi tendencies.
“A real patriot would not stand against minorities, but would stand alongside the minorities, respecting the constitution and respecting the multicultural spirit of Australia,” Waseem Razvi, president of Australia’s Islamic Research and Education Academy, told Russian TV .
In spite of the fact that Muslims only represent about 2 percent of Australians, protesters who stood with the Muslim community and rallied against racism reportedly outnumbered those anti-Muslim groups.
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During the protest of both groups, a police officer was caught locking hands with a United Patriots Front member outside the Victoria parliament. The gesture was criticized as a “biased and unprofessional act” of solidarity to anti-Muslim groups.
The police reported that the rally was relatively peaceful compared to the one held on Saturday in Melbourne, where the Police used pepper spray to control angry protesters.