AUSTRALIA: Muslim savages riot in the streets, police dog chews up raghead…spits him out

Police used capsicum spray during a battle with crazed Muslim rioters in Sydney yesterday as an anti-America rally erupted into a series of violent clashes. Six policemen injured, two hospitalized.

AU NEWS  Triggered by a YouTube video mocking Islam and the prophet Mohammed, the city was rocked by a wild melee involving more than a 1000 protesters, with police being struck by water bottles, rocks and pieces of timber.

MUSLIM ATTACKED BY POLICE DOG (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

Six policemen were among a dozen people injured, with two officers requiring hospital treatment as the inner-city streets and Hyde Park turned into bloody battlegrounds. Frontline police, including a dozen dog handlers, resorted to using capsicum spray as a wall of protesters tried to storm past them.  

Most disturbing was a shocking image of a young boy in Hyde Park holding a sign declaring: “Behead all those who insult the prophet”. It went viral on social media. Other sign slogans included: “Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell.” Kuranda Seyit from the Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations said: “Personally, I don’t like to see it, it’s disturbing. We have seen similar images of children carrying guns in the Middle East and it sends a negative message about Islam.” Of all the images captured in yesterday’s riot, this picture will be remembered most. A woman, standing a few metres in front of the child, was spotted taking photographs of the child on her iPhone. The youngster was not alone. Several other children, aged from five to 12, were also seen in the large crowd of protesters, holding a variety of placards with calls of hatred.

Other slogans scrawled on large pieces of cardboard and proudly held aloft included “Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell” and “Behead those who insult Islam”.

The Sydney riot follows a deadly wave of Islamic protests around the world which have left at least six people dead – including the horrific killings of US ambassador Chris Stevens and three US nationals in Libya on Tuesday. The crowd then headed to Hyde Park chanting “Down, down USA”. It’s there where the violence exploded. As police tried to disperse the crowd officers were attacked. They used capsicum spray to defend themselves. Police said cars were damaged and eight people were arrested.

At least one man was arrested in the late afternoon for attacking a police dog. At least seven people were taken to hospital. Violence again broke out at 4.30pm when riot police clashed with the surging crowd as it attempted to move from Hyde Park towards Martin Place.

About 300 police in riot gear and on horseback chased the rally, numbering 100, east of Hyde Park and down William St, leaving traffic at a standstill. Sections of roads, including Martin Place and Castlereagh, George and Market streets, were shut down while protesters moved through the city.

In one ugly incident, a man whipped up the protesters when he began yelling at the crowd, screaming: “Shame on you for using religion to advocate for murder.” He was set upon by a group of men before police dragged him to safety.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard condemned the violence. “Violent protest is never acceptable – not today, not ever,” she said.. Premier Barry O’Farrell promised that those responsible would be punished. “This is completely unacceptable behaviour,” he said. “The right to protest comes with an equal responsibility to do so peacefully and lawfully, and that responsibility has been comprehensively ignored today.

“What we saw was a complete disrespect of our peaceful way of life. “I praise the NSW Police Force for their swift and poised action. They are trained for situations like this and they did an excellent job in containing what was a very aggressive and violent crowd.”

Protest organisers – who used social media to corral the protesters to Town Hall – said the demonstration was designed to be peaceful. They stopped to pray and knelt on the ground in between making speeches and protest chants.

 When asked whether the protest had been authorised through Sydney City Council, Sam confirmed that it had not because the group was unfamiliar with the rules surrounding staging demonstrations.

Martin Place and Castlereagh, George and Market streets, were shut down while protesters moved through the city. Police Supt Mark Walton said: “In a very short amount of time we had a significant amount of police able to attend and deal with these people.

“In fact, certainly by 1pm we had at least 80 public order riot squad in operation supporting frontline police here and we were able to deal with and react to this crowd.” Another protester said: “We love [Muslim prophet] Mohammed more than ourselves and more than our wives.”

Abdullah Sary said the gathering was part of a worldwide protest covering Asia, Africa and western Europe. “We are here to rally in protest about what they have said [on YouTube] about the prophet Mohammed,” he said.

It follows several held overseas since protestors first stormed the US consulate in Libya on Tuesday, where ambassador Chris Stevens was killed along with three staff members.

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