Supporters of an anti-Islam group clash with oppoents who call the group racist during rallies in various Australian cities. Julie Noce reports.
Scuffles break out in the Australian city of Melbourne Saturday during anti-Islam rallies across the country. Supporters of 'Reclaim Australia', who say minorities are trying to change Australian culture, came to blows with opponents who say the group is racist. The Reclaim members held signs against Sharia law and Halal certification. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED ANTI-RACISM PROTESTER SAYING: "They have an issue with these people, that they don't understand, they just fear them and as Australians we are supposed to be welcoming people." In Sydney about 200 people gathered in Martin Place in support of Reclaim Australia. In Brisbane the protesters listened to One Nation Party leader, Pauline Hanson. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN POLITICIAN AND LEADER OF THE ONE NATION PARTY, PAULINE HANSON SAYING: "There are those lurking close at hand who wish to destroy all that is Australian and our freedom." Local media reported a total of five arrests.