Australian police tear gas anti-US demonstrators in Sydney (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Hundreds of demonstrators threw projectiles at officers outside the US Consulate in Sydney, shouting “Down, down USA” on Saturday. Police used tear gas and a canine squad on protesters.
At least eight demonstrators have been arrested during the five-hour-long confrontation, local media reported.
Protesters waved banners calling for the beheading of those who insulted the Prophet Mohammed, news outlet the Australian reported.
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A man and woman struggle with their stroller while other shoppers attempt to move out of the way as police pursue protesters in Sydney's central business district, September 15, 2012 (Reuters / Tim Wimborne)
A protester hits a policeman with a pole in Sydney's central business district, September 15, 2012 (Reuters / Tim Wimborne)
An injured protester is detained by a policeman in Sydney's Hyde Park, September 15, 2012 (Reuters / Tim Wimborne)
Police pushed the protesters back, and the crowd later marched to nearby Hyde Park.
One protester was reportedly hospitalized with a head injury, and is in stable condition.
Seven ambulances arrived at the demonstration as tensions increased.
Sydney's security forces were prepared for the rally, authorities said, which continued throughout the evening.
"We are sick and tired of everyone mocking our beloved prophet," protester Houda Dib told the Australian. "They were aggravating the situation by pushing our brothers. This is supposed to be a peaceful protest."
"They call us the terrorists," demonstrator Sarah Jacob said in a separate interview. "But everyone is terrorizing our people."
Protesters pray in front of a line of police officers in Sydney's Hyde Park, September 15, 2012 (Reuters / Tim Wimborne)
A policeman, injured by protesters, is assisted by colleagues in central Sydney September 15, 2012 (Reuters / Tim Wimborne)
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Protesters march through Sydney on September 15, 2012 (AFP Photo / Greg Wood)
Protesters shout slogans in Sydney on September 15, 2012 (AFP Photo / Greg Wood)
Police (below) use capsicum spray during a clash with protesters in Sydney on September 15, 2012 (AFP Photo / Greg Wood)