RECLAIM AUSTRALIA: Ugly images from the Melbourne protest, where someone was arrested for punching a horse

Yesterday, a large group of anti-Islam protestors turned out in force at a planned rally in the Melbourne suburb of Melton.

There were several groups – United Patriots Front, Reclaim Australia, True Blue Crew, Patriot Defence League Australia, Rise Up Australia Party and Rights For Bendigo Residents – and they were all protesting against plans to build a mosque and possible Islamic school in Melton.

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They were met by activists from No Room for Racism, Freedom Socialist Party, Antifa, CFMEU, Campaign Against Racism And Fascism and Socialist Alternative. All up, an estimated 1500 people clashed.

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Another 500 police were required to control it all. By the time it was broken up, there were seven arrests, including one person charged for punching a police horse. Three were arrested for possessing a weapon.

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Bizarrely, the anti-Islam front turned on itself at times.

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Rise Up Australia called out Reclaim Australia protestors who covered their faces with masks and Australian flags, saying “nazis and facists” should go home.

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Police eventually held back the anti-racism activists to allow the Reclaim Australia march to proceed from the Melton civic centre to Hannah Watts Park.

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Police in body armour and on horseback spent six hours trying to keep both sides apart.

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Capsicum spray was used and three people were treated for injuries.

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At several stages, the Reclaim Australia protestors broke out into the national anthem:

Sparking endless ridicule about how they seemed to ignore the words:

Members of No Room for Racism played John Farnham’s “You’re The Voice” through a loudspeaker.

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One Reclaim Australia protester told The Age she was worried “mosques could lead to terrorism”.

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