Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Muslim Protest Erupts in Violence

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Muslim Protest Erupts in Violence

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THE violence that erupted overseas from a video released denigrating the Muslim prophet Mohammad hit Australian shores during a protest in Sydney.

The protest started peacefully enough on Saturday afternoon, with some 300 people marching from Sydney Town Hall to Martin Place.

But when the protesters arrived outside a building housing the United States Consulate, some of those in the crowd clashed violently with police.

Police were faced with running battles across the city's CBD over three hours, during which six police officers were assaulted, resulting in eight people being arrested.

Among those in the march were men carrying signs declaring C[pounds sterling]Behead all those who insult the prophetC[yen], one of which was seen in the hands of a child at the protest.

Police used capsicum spray, batons and the dog squad to quell the angry crowd as officers were hit with a barrage of glass bottles.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said in Brisbane she absolutely condemned the violence, saying while the film was C[pounds sterling]truly repulsiveC[yen], there was never any excuse for such violence. …

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