Demonstrations against Islam and promoting Western values have popped up in Australia, which always precedes calls of “raaaaacism,” of course, because Islam is a race, apparently. That’s sarcasm by the way.
Anti-Islam protesters gathered outside Colin Barnett’s offices on Harvest Terrace to take part in the national Reclaim Australia series of rallies.
A short distance away in Solidarity Square, close to Parliament House, a group of anti-racist protesters gathered to demonstrate against Reclaim Australia.
Protesters gather outside Parliament House for the Reclaim Australia rally. Photo: Adrian Beattie
Between them, in a deserted car park, was a line of mounted police and other officers on foot, some with dogs, to make sure the two groups did not clash.
The Reclaim Australia rally was much bigger than the anti-racist gathering, with many of those on the hill outside the Department of Premier and Cabinet draped in the Australian flag.
Several speakers said they had gathered to protest against Sharia law, halal certification and Islamisation.
Anthony Hardwick, from the Rise Up Australia Party, said Islamism was the greatest threat facing the world right now.
“The West, which was based on Judeo-Christian values, has lost all it stood for in the name of political correctness and multi-culturalism,” he said.