I don’t know how much of this was reported in the states but last Saturday, Moslems protested in Sydney against the film. Their protest turned violent with several police officers hurt and taken to hospital. A young Jordanian mother snapped photos of her 4 year old son as he waved a sign reading “behead all those who insult the prophet”. The Australian reaction was swift and harsh. The department of human services was sent to investigate the mother (who claimed that although she is university educated and been in Australia for 2 years, she did not know what behead meant) and charges have been laid against those who were violent. In the meantime, a protest was scheduled in Melbourne for today. Police and politicians warned that there would be no tolerance for violence although local Islamic leaders condemned the violence of last week. As the week progressed, a counter protest was planned. On Thursday, the organizers of the Pro-Islamic rally, canceled the event and Islamic leaders urged their people not to show up. How did it all turn out?
Like this. [See below.]
Although the organizers blamed the police, media and politicians for inciting the community and taking away their right to protest, I believe that they have grossly overestimated the people’s tolerance towards their Islamic rage. When faced with opposition, they slunk off.
Perhaps others should learn from this example.
In my opinion, it’s a matter of time before Australia develops its own EDL.
Anti-Islamic protesters attend what was to be a a pro-Islamic rally.
Picture: Jake Nowakowski Source: Herald Sun
A SERIES of planned protests around Melbourne against the anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims fizzled today, with police reporting low numbers and no serious incidents.
Right-wing protesters met at the State Library and briefly argued with one Muslim man, but were outnumbered by police.
A planned protest was cancelled earlier this week after organisers spoke with police.
Two people were given banning notices, preventing them from being in the CBD for 24 hours, at Flinders St station, where so called “pro-Australian” protesters were urged to “come ready for battle” before heading to the library.
Four men in “proudly atheist” T-shirts and carrying signs saying “Islam is false” had a fiery debate with pro-Islamic supporters about 1pm.
Up to 12 people who had flown Australian flags and onlookers joined in before police asked a pro-Islam supporter to leave.
The remaining group chanted and waved flags before an argument broke out.
Police Commander Jeff Forti said more pro-Islam supporters could have made the event volatile, and planning had averted problems.
“I think (Islamic community leaders) diligently thought, ‘Well, there’s potential for violence. We don’t want to be involved in that’, so they chose to recommend to their people not to attend, and I admire them for that,” Cdr Forti said.
Victorian Muslim leaders have continued to discourage protests and have overwhelmingly condemned last week’s violence in Sydney.
- with Amelia Harris
- Islamic rally in Melbourne cancelled amid hijack plot by violent groups, police remain on high alert (h/t: John T.)
- Sheik: Australian Taqiyya: “Rioters misinterpret religion”
- The word ‘behead’ went over Muslim mother’s head
Says John T.: Now the sheila who gave her kid the ‘behead’ sign does not know what ‘behead’ means … so all is OK … seems ignorance of the law and English is an excuse if you’re of the religion of peace.