Richig83 wrote:to me this just looks like a small group of people taking advantage of a reason to go and cause some trouble.
They had a protest gathering (which they should have cleared per normal protocols, their bad) which is fine by me - we do live in a society which allows such. Then some asocial elements within that gathering caused trouble - they are the problem, not Muslims in general, or the remainder of the participants.
Look at any protest/march - there's almost invariably some idiot who causes a scene. Focus on those dickheads, no the protest as a whole, regardless of whether or not you agree with their reasons.
edit: Just look at the numbers:
* The protest began peacefully at Town Hall at lunchtime, where 400 protesters had gathered after receiving text messages and social media updates.
* At the height of the five-hour protest, riot squad officers chased Islamic extremists out of Hyde Park to Stanley Street, near the Australian Museum, where The Sun-Herald heard police shouting ''hit them'' as dozens of people shouted abuse and threw bottles.
* eight men were arrested for offences including affray, assaulting a police officer and a police dog and throwing missiles. Two protesters were taken to hospital suffering dog bites.
Out of the initial 400 participants, "dozens" caused trouble (assuming ~30, that's less than 10%) and eight arrests (2%).
Not sure why anyone feels the need to condemn the other 90%.
Richig83 wrote:also what is with certain people on that mob chanting about Australians been white dogs, infidels and Americas lapdogs and the like....be interesting to see how many of those people are Australians!
If you paid any attention to the opposition sponsored anti-carbon tax protests (as just one example), there was no shortage of people chanting all kinds of offensive ****. And all of those people were "Australians".