In the wake of yesterday’s Reclaim Australia rallies across the country, that saw anti-Islam protesters and their detractors clash across the nation’s capital cities, eight arrests have been made, including one person who actually, literally punched a goddamn horse.
SBS News report that six arrests were made in Melbourne, the site of the largest rally, where protesters gathered to oppose the planned construction of a mosque.
Three face weapons charges, two were pulled up for “riotous behaviour”, while the lucky winner of our Dickhead Of The Year sweepstakes, accused of punching a police horse, was done for animal cruelty.
A 64-year-old man in Brisbane was charged with public nuisance after he allegedly jumped a barricade, while in Adelaide, a 48-year-old man was charged with affray.
Clashes sprung up within the Reclaim Australia faction at yesterday’s protests, after some turned up wearing masks to cover their faces, with others claiming that this is “un-Australian.”
On this front, Victoria Police acting Commander Alan Byrnes said:
“It’s always a bit disappointing to see people turn up with masks,” he said.
“You wonder what their motives are for doing that, but we think all in all it was fairly peaceful.”
via SBS News
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