Protesters have faced a wall of police in front of a Melbourne court ahead of the appearance of the leader of a far-right group accused of offending Muslims during a rally against a mosque.
In early April last year, 23-year-old Thomas Sewell headed along to a Reclaim Australia rally in Melbourne. It was one of 16 rallies attended by thousands of people across the country.
Masked members of a splinter anti-fascism group have set Australian flags on fire and scuffled with police and media in the latest Melbourne rally between rival protest groups. However, there was no repeat of the violent clashes seen at recent protests as police kept the opposing groups separate on Sunday. About two dozen people dressed in black and wearing masks still managed to interrupt an anti-Islam rally, setting flags alight and scuffling with news photographers.
Seven men arrested after a violent brawl erupted between rival protesters at an anti-racism rally in Melbourne’s inner-north on Saturday.