A protester holding one of many signs expressing Islamic outrage. “Our dead are in paradise. Your dead are in hell.”
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“Behead all those who insult the prophet.”
The protest turned violent when a police dog bit one of the protesters.
Muslim protests have spread to Sydney. An angry crowd has descended upon the U.S. Consulate in Sydney, Australia today wielding signs of outrage, such as a demand for the beheading of all those who insult the prophet, Mohammad. Police used gas to subdue the protestors as they spat at them and chanted, “Allahu Akbar”.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports,
Eight people were arrested and six officers were injured after a protest swept through the Sydney CBD this afternoon.
Police said that, about 1pm today, a group marched from Sydney Town Hall to Martin Place, where a confrontation occurred between protesters and police outside a building housing the US consulate.
The protests were triggered by a US film, Innocence of Muslims, portraying the prophet Muhammad as a womaniser and paedophile.
Police said two of the injured officers are now in hospital. Two vehicles were also damaged.
The crowd carried signs such as “Behead all those who insult the prophet” and “Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell”.
Police used capsicum spray on the protesters, who at times pelted officers with bottles. Up to 500 people stormed through the city, working their way through Pitt Street before moving to Hyde Park amid a heavy police presence.
The protesters were pushed back as police dogs were deployed and capsicum spray was used.
Police made several arrests in Hyde Park amid violent confrontations with demonstrators.