En gruppe som kaller seg Reclaim Australia demonsterte mot islamiseringen av landet i 16 forskjellige byer lørdag og ble møtt av motdemonstranter.
Reclaim Australia understreket at de ikke er mot innvandring, men at protesten gjelder en gruppe som ikke vil innordne seg, men krever samfunnet tilrettelagt på sine premisser. – Prisen begynner å bli vel høy, mener Reclaim Australia.
Reclaim Australia, a community group, organized rallies in 16 cities and towns around Australia against Islamic extremism, the «Islamization» of Australian society, Islamic Sharia law and the Halal-certification of most meats sold in Australia.
The protesters condemned the cost of the certification for a Muslim minority that is less than 3 percent of the Australian population as a «Halal tax» on the nation.
They were shouted down with anti-racism slogans by left-wing groups including No Room for Racism, Socialist Alliance and Socialist Alternative.
Reclaim Australia protester Rhonda Cashmore said their protest was not about racism.
«Most here are happy to have immigrants who want to come and fit in,» she said. «We’re protesting against immigrants who don’t want to follow our laws.»
Rival protester Gerard Morel said he opposed the anti-Islam rally because his grandfather had been victimized by Nazis during World War II.
«What I see is two groups with diametrically opposing ideas,» he said. «They’re extreme views that are inconsistent with what Australia stands for.»