Australia: Anti-Islam protesters clash over the construction of a mosque in Bendigo

Violent clashes have erupted between rival protesters at a demonstration against the construction of a mosque in the city of Bendigo, Victoria State, in Australia. The event ended with an Australian flag being burnt, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

A large number of far-right United Patriots Front (UPF) supporters broke through police lines and started fighting with anti-racism protesters on the on the steps of the Bendigo Town Hall on Saturday afternoon. Riot police intervened and were able to restore order after spraying the fighting factions with pepper spray.