BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Several hundred people have taken to the streets of Australia’s largest city, Sydney, as anger over a film insulting the Prophet Mohammad spreads beyond the Middle East and North Africa. Some of the demonstrators threw rocks and bottles during clashes with police. Iain McKinnell has the story.
A demonstration that began with about 200 people, has swelled to more than twice that number.
Protesters march through the city, voicing their anger at the anti-Islam American film that’s caused outrage across the Muslim world.
"They’ve insulted our prophet Muhammad. America has insulted our prophet Muhammad."
Several streets, usually busy with weekend shoppers, have been blocked off as the protest grows. Police, wearing anti-riot equipment, used dogs and chemical sprays to try to control the protest.
Authorities say six officers have been injured. None of them are said to be seriously hurt. Eight protesters have been arrested.
The protest which began outside the US consulate has moved on to a central Sydney park. As demonstrators gathered, a Muslim leader addressed the crowd, calling for calm.
Australia, a staunch U.S. ally, with troops still fighting in Afghanistan, has a Muslim population of nearly half a million.