Feb 20 2013
Security inside the function centre was tight for Mr Wilders, who told a wildly enthusiastic audience that large-scale immigration by Muslims threatened the fabric of Australian life. “I’m also here to warn Australia about the true nature of Islam,” he said. “It’s not just a religion, as so many people mistakenly think. It’s primarily a dangerous and totalitarian ideology.”
ABC (h/t/ Huck Folder) A large group of angry protesters (Students for Palestine) has scuffled with people attending a Melbourne speech by controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders. But his speech received enthusaistic standing ovations.
There were verbal exchanges on Monday evening as about 200 protesters wrestled with those trying to access the venue at Somerton, in the city’s north. The demonstrators took guests’ tickets and pushed them to the ground. “What are you doing? This is a democratic society. We’re allowed to go in there,” one guest told the protesters.
Mounted police then moved in, forming a line to try to stop the scuffles. “We do not want this to be an issue of confrontation and we ask you to accept the rights of all the other members of the community,” one policeman said. Most of the protesters, who chanted “racism, no way, we’re going to fight it all the way”, then moved on. The group Students for Palestine organised the protest, and say demonstrators did not come looking for trouble.