Protesters waving Australian flags and carrying signs such as "Yes Australia. No Sharia" rallied around the country yesterday in events organizers said were against Islamic extremism, the Yahoo News website reports today (April 5, 2015).
The "Reclaim Australia" events drew hundreds of supporters, but also triggered counter-rallies from other groups that criticized them as racist and called for greater tolerance.
"We are pro-Australian values and anti-extreme Islam, but we're not anti-Muslim," Reclaim Australia spokeswoman Catherine Brennan said.
She added, "Since when is it being racist to love your country and to love the values and culture that you've been brought up with?"