SYDNEY, September 15. / Correspondent. ITAR-TASS Paul Vanichkin /. Police in Australia’s largest city has adopted today fired tear gas to disperse the most aggressive participants in an unauthorized protest in front of the U.S. consulate. About a thousand angry residents of Sydney, Muslim, came to the U.S. consulate to protest about the recent emergence of the Internet in the United States shot amateur film “innocent Muslims,” which depicted the Prophet Mohammed in a very unfavorable light.
The protesters, most of whom were men and boys, carried placards with inscriptions in Arabic and English, including the voice of “Our dead are in paradise, and your – in hell,” “Obama, Obama, we love Osama.” However, they were not far from the small groups of women in hijabs, next to which were children. In the evening, a local television show made at the scene picture of a little boy standing next to his brother and a stroller holding a placard above his head: “behead all those who insult the prophet.”
Several dozen people have tried to break through to the consulate building, but were pushed back by police. Some protesters threw stones at policemen and bottles, smashed windows of police cars. As a result, six police officers were injured and injury. Police arrested eight people, including two protesters, bitten by dogs, were sent to the hospital, and another 20 people who were caught in the eye tear gas received first aid in the street.
Then the protesters went to Hyde Park, where they continued to chant anti-American slogans and calling for punishment of the film. Traffic on the main streets of Sydney, adjacent to the site, for hours was closed, and the city center until late Reinforced police units patrolled.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made on the occasion of the Sydney event a special statement, stressing that “the violent protests are unacceptable – not now, not ever.” In turn, the Premier of New South Wales / Sydney which houses / Barry O’Farrell promised that all those involved in organizing and participating in the violence, will be found and punished. As some of the participants found the journalist of today’s events, the demonstration was organized mainly through social internet networks in the first place, “Facebook.” And one of the young Muslims said that the preparations for the demonstration discussed in recent days, some Sydney mosques. True, he declined to say what specific.