Bendigo: The centre of the Victorian city was shut down as hundreds of people gathered to protest on August 29, 2015. Victoria's planning tribunal has approved a permit for the city's first mosque despite stiff opposition from hundreds of local residents Three anti-racism groups held rallies in opposition to a protest by the anti-Islam group United Patriots Front (UPF).
Bendigo: The centre of the Victorian city was shut down as hundreds of people gathered to protest on August 29, 2015. Victoria's planning tribunal has approved a permit for the city's first mosque despite stiff opposition from hundreds of local residents Three anti-racism groups held rallies in opposition to a protest by the anti-Islam group United Patriots Front (UPF). AAP Image - NEWZULU - RICHARD MILNES

Mosque protesters rush police and attack anti-racism group

AN ANTI-mosque protest in Bendigo turned violent over the weekend when protesters broke through police lines to attack anti-racism protesters.

The United Patriots Front organised the protest against plans to build a mosque in the northern Victorian city claiming residents do not want it.

They marched on Bendigo City Hall but were met by a group of anti-racism protesters.

Police separated the two groups until UPF-aligned protesters broke through and attacked the other group.

Mounted police were able to restore order after deploying capsicum spray.

Police locked down large parts of the city in response to the protests.

In other parts of the city, a soccer day and a barbecue were held to welcome people of all backgrounds to the city.

- APN NEWSDESK


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