Five arrested as police break up violent anti-Islam protest in Melbourne

Five people have been arrested at a violent protest in Melbourne after anti-racism and anti-Islam groups clashed at a rally.
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Five people have been arrested at a violent protest in Melbourne after anti-racism and anti-Islam groups clashed at a rally.

Police said two people were arrested for riotous behaviour, one for assaulting police and one for hindering police. Another was arrested for robbery.

Police were called to the scene this morning and forced to form line to separate the two groups as violence broke out between them.

Some officers were forced to resort to spraying people with capsicum foam when a fight broke out.

There are believed to be around 500 protesters at the site and there are fears some may be carrying weapons.

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Police have set up a checkpoint to sort through the belongings of the protestors.

Many of the protesters are hiding their identities by wearing masks and scarves over their faces.

The rally was meant to be a Say No to Racism event, but turned ugly when the anti-Islam group arrived.

Are you surprised to see protests like this in Australia? What are your thoughts on this kind of behaviour?

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