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Description: A follow up on how that anti-islam video effected Australia. Timestamp: 2012-09-26 19:32:27 +0000
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  1. Avatar Continuum writes...
  3. Being the magnet for refugees around the planet and a country that lets so many immigrants from other places across our borders, I thought you might like a follow up on how that anti-islam video effected Australia.
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  7. On 15 September 2012, a protest against an anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims was held in Sydney, New South Wales. While the protest started peacefully, violent confrontations between police and protesters began when protesters reached the U.S. Consulate. In resulting clashes, six police officers and 19 protesters were injured. The violence was condemned by Australian political leaders, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and the Muslim community. Police arrested at nine protesters in connection with the violence.
  9. The protest started at about midday when approximately 100 people gathered at the Sydney Town Hall before marching along George Street to Martin Place where the U.S. Consulate is located. Conflict between the protesters and the police started when the former tried to enter the U.S. Consulate. The police used capsicum spray to push the protesters back from the consulate. According to one protester this aggravated the crowd, as many had brought their children.
  11. The crowd then moved to Hyde Park, where around 300 people had gathered. Muslim speakers addressing the crowd called for calm and an end to all violence. Further clashes erupted as police used capsicum spray on protesters who at times threw bottles at the police. Protesters chanted "Down, down USA" and carried Islamist flags and signs saying, "Behead all those who insult the prophet", "Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell", "Shariah will dominate the world", and "Obama Obama, we love Osama" and threw water bottles and objects from construction sites at police officers. The police responded by spraying capsicum spray into the crowd. Six police officers were injured, two requiring hospitalisation.
  13. As the crowd started to leave Hyde Park near St James Station, riot police armed with batons and shields were waiting for them at the park exit. Protestors continued to throw stones, sticks and bottles at the police. Riot and mounted police pursued protesters down William Street towards Kings Cross. The already splintered crowd then broke up further, running through the back streets of Darlinghurst where smaller fights occurred.
  15. Nine men were arrested. The Counter Terrorism Squad reported that they had identified a number of men known to have criminal convictions, although not necessarily linked to terrorist groups.
  17. The Australian reported that several of the protestors were carrying the black flags of an organisation described as al-Qa'ida sympathisers. An unnamed Muslim leader was quoted in the paper as saying that the protest had been hijacked by a group known as "Sixth Pillar", the name being a reference to the "Five Pillars of Islam" with jihad being claimed by some to be the "sixth pillar of Islam". The group may be linked to the controversial Sydney Sheik Feiz Mohammed.
  19. The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, condemned the violence saying, "Violent protest is never acceptable - not today, not ever." Sheik Azeim urged all young Muslims in Australia to remember that they are Australians first, and that facilities such as schools, hospitals and the social security organisation Centrelink did not question whether they were Muslim.
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  23. Those are taken from the wikipedia page about the event, I copied/pasted parts of it here because, surprise surprise, that page is under review to be removed. Here's the link to the page incase it's still online later on.
  27. Keep up the good work
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