Premier Andrews says tomorrow’s anti-Muslim march is ‘all about hate’
Premier Daniel Andrews has visited Bendigo this morning to hold discussions with community leaders as fears grow of violent clashes at tomorrow’s mosque protest.
Police are concerned The United Patriots Front will clash with No Room For Racism protesters when they both rally in the city at the same time.
Major rallies are planned across Australia to coincide with a global day of demonstration against Islam.
Mr Andrews told Neil Mitchell the planned protest is outrageous.
‘Fancy having a protest against ordinary, hard working people because of what they believe in their faith,’ he said.
‘This is a secular country, we are a multi-faith, multicultural state. This diversity is our greatest asset.
‘I will always speak out for that, I will always stand up for it.’
Mr Andrews said the fringe groups, whose members often don’t reside in Bendigo, are going along to cause trouble.
‘This is a minority view, an ugly view,’ he said.
‘This is not a protest about a building, this is bigotry to be protesting against somebody because of the God they pray to.’
LISTEN: Premier Andrews says tomorrow’s march is ‘all about hate’