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Anti-Islam rallies have taken place across Australia, organized by the Reclaim Australia group. Police were forced to intervene in Melbourne as clashes broke out between anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters, with thousands attending the demonstrations.
The Reclaim Australia community group, who organized protests in 16 cities and towns across the country, was protesting against Sharia law, halal and Islamization. They faced counter demonstrations from a left-wing umbrella group called No Room for Racism. Some of the worst violence occurred in Federation Square in Melbourne, where police tried to keep anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters apart.