There were violent scenes in Melbourne, (Australia’s second biggest city) as anti-Islam and anti-fascist groups clashed and local police had a torrid time trying to restore normalcy.
At least seven people were arrested near Coburg, (a northern suburb of Melbourne) in the fracas which saw riot police using pepper spray to separate more than 300 angry protesters some of whom were draped in the Australian flag, when they 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.
Attacks against Australia’s Muslim community have increased in recent years partly due to the rise of ISIS but when asked about opposing groups, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull went philosophical saying 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.
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