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Police clash with protesters at Geert Wilders speech

Posted by: Cushla Travers & Ned Franklin | 19 February, 2013 - 9:41 AM

UPDATE: Noisy protestors have blockaded a venue at Somerton where anti-Islamic Dutch MP Geert Wilders addressed a group of supporters on Tuesday afternoon.

The protestors locked arms in front of the Mirage centre, blocking the entrance and pushing people over.

Mounted police have now moved and are dispersed the 40 protesters, allowing the speech to commence.

PLAY: Louise O'Shea, Organiser of Anti Geert Wilders protest speaks with Tom Elliott

Images: Simon Love/3AW




EARLIER: Police are preparing for possible protests as anger surrounds the decision to let anti-Islamic Dutch MP Geert Wilders into Australia.

The Q Society, have defended their decision to fund the controversial figure’s speaking tour.

It is understood the venue, where Mr Wilders was booked to speak at tonight, had to be changed amid fears of trouble from protestors.

Q spokesperson Andrew Horwood told Neil Mitchell Australians need to start looking ahead to what might happen if Islam is allowed to expand.

“Do we want to have an Australia in ten years time where every public swimming pool we go to has a curtain and we are segregated on the basis on religion,” he said.

Mr Horwood said they had brought Mr Wilders to Australia to educate people on the dangers of Islam.

“In the core religion of Islam it actually tells them not to take criticism and if there is criticism they need to react violently,” he said.

LISTEN HERE: Q Society Spokesman Andrew Horwood speaks with Neil Mitchell

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Blog comments Your Say

  • @Zena, you can keep quoting the Quran until the cows come home but the fact is that many, many Muslims (and unfortunately some of those are in Australia) do not follow the words but are intent on Jihad and terrorism.

    GIW Tuesday 26 February, 2013 - 2:19 PM
  • The Holy Quran
    Chapter 28
    Verse 55
    "And when they hear Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk), they withdraw from it and say: "To us our deeds, and to you your deeds. Peace be to you. We seek not the ignorant."

    zena Saturday 23 February, 2013 - 10:35 PM
  • For those who say Islam encourages violence against Non Muslims and required to be spread by the sword, read this verse from the Quran:

    2:256. There is no compulsion of any sort in religion (as) the right way does stand obviously distinguished from the way of error. Now he that shall reject the transgressor and accepts Allâh (let such know that he) has laid hold of a support firm and strong which knows no breaking. Allâh is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.

    Zena Thursday 21 February, 2013 - 6:52 PM
  • A recent article "1 in 4 Swedish Women Will be Raped as Sexual Assaults Increase 500%", supports Wilders thesis. Between the years 2004-2012, Sweden's population increased from 9 million to 9.5 million, with immigration from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, etc. At present 16 per cent of all new-born babies have mothers born in non-Western countries. Immigrant unemployment is 54 per cent.

    Sweden's rape statistics rose from 9.24 per 100,000 in 2003, to 36.8 in 2005 to a staggering 53.2 in 2008, after South Africa the second highest in the world. Muslims are represented in around 77 per cent of rape cases. Stockholm, a city which is one-third immigrant and between a fifth and a quarter Muslim, has an average of 5 rapes a day.

    ZOOTS ALOR Thursday 21 February, 2013 - 12:20 PM
  • Question

    What has Palestine have to do with Geert Wilder speaking in Australia Why do the protestors speak against racism then have banners with Free Palestine it has nothing to do withh Geert wilder

    shlomog Thursday 21 February, 2013 - 11:19 AM
  • This is a conversation which needs to be had.
    As a European, I can tell you first hand there are problems in Europe. We shouldn't have to adapt to them, but they to us. But Islam doesn't allow that. It's that simple. Otherwise stay where you are.
    Don't see many Christian churches being build in Saudi or Pakistan.
    Naive leftist liberals.

    Philip charlton Thursday 21 February, 2013 - 2:53 AM

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