Victor Waterson dressed as Ned Kelly, at the Reclaim Australian Rally in Martin Place. Photo: Michele Mossop Protesters rally in Martin Place. Photo: James Bullen
Protesters have clashed violently in Martin Place as Reclaim Australia rallies and counter-rallies continued on Sunday.
Several men wearing Australian flags were chased by protesters at about 10.20am. The counter-rally was to interrupt the rally by Reclaim Australia, a far-right nationalist group who were protesting against what they call the “Islamisation of Australia”.
Protesters shouted “Nazi scum, off our streets,” as they gave chase down Pitt Street.
Three arrests have been made. One woman has been arrested for assaulting police. Two men have been arrested, one for offensive behaviour and one for breach of peace.
None have yet been charged.
Separate rallies continue at the top and bottom of Martin Place, with a heavy police presence restricting some movement through the area. About 300 ‘Protesters’ at the #Sydney#ReclaimAustralia rally. pic.twitter苏州美甲美睫培训学校/VKhl5F1COm— Jarah Crook (@jarahcrook) July 19, 2015
In Melbourne on Saturday, about 50 Reclaim Australia protesters were met by anti-racism protesters. Hundreds of police armed with pepper spray, as well as horse-mounted officers , were called in to break up the violent scuffles between the two groups.
Reclaim Australia rallies in cities around Australia, including Sydney, also attracted ugly scenes in April. At that time, police had to intervene in violent clashes between anti-Islam and anti-racist protesters
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