Crowd numbers continued to grow throughout the afternoon, and some protesters had to be treated by paramedics after the ugly clashes.
But it was the burning of the national flag by anti-racism protesters in Melbourne that enraged the RSL.
‘To burn anyone’s flag in anyone’s country is disgusting. It’s just not on. I’m sure it’s just not RSLs either, but any business or company would be angered by this sort of behaviour,’ a spokesman for the RSL in Sydney told Daily Mail Australia.