Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull calls for calm amid planned anti-Islam protest

Turnbull called mutual respect between faiths "the glue that binds this very diverse country together", blamed anti-Muslim protesters for stoking divisiveness.

By: Reuters | Sydney | Updated: October 9, 2015 5:40 pm
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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called for calm on Friday as police prepared for clashes between protesters at a planned rally outside a Sydney mosque that was attended by a teenager who killed a police officer a week ago.

Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar, 15, was shot and killed by police after he opened fire on police accountant Curtis Cheng as Cheng left police headquarters in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta last Friday.

The shooting and subsequent arrest of five people in raids in Sydney has stoked anxiety over further militant violence and retaliatory attacks against Muslims.

Turnbull called mutual respect between faiths “the glue that binds this very diverse country together” and blamed anti-Muslim protesters for stoking divisiveness.

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“Those who do that are making the work of the police and security services … who seek to prevent violent extremism much harder,” he told reporters in Sydney.

Australia, a staunch ally of the United States and its battle against Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria, has been on heightened alert for attacks by home-grown radicals since last year.

Turnbull also announced a meeting set for next week to address countering extremism in the wake of last week’s shooting. “Friday’s attack in Parramatta was a shocking reminder of the consequences of radicalisation,” he said in a statement.

Protests between anti-racist groups and anti-Islam parties have turned violent several times this year in different Australian cities.

Parramatta police commander Superintendent Wayne Cox told reporters he did not expect any violence on Friday but said 75 additional officers had been deployed. Streets were blocked off and Cox urged citizens to avoid the area unless necessary.

In September, police shot dead a Melbourne teenager after he stabbed two counter-terrorism officers. Last December, two hostages were killed when police stormed a central Sydney cafe to end a 17-hour siege by a lone gunman.

Earlier this month, a 15-year-old British boy was sentenced to life in prison for inciting an attack on a World War One commemorative event in Australia from his bedroom in northern England.

The discovery of the boy’s actions sparked a massive police operation in Melbourne that led to the arrest of five teenagers who were planning an Islamic State-inspired attack, authorities said.

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  1. A
    Oct 11, 2015 at 12:33 pm
    NO ONE IS Fooled Australians ............................. if you do not like Shariah STOP going to ME ........... why are you bombing those innocents in ME who are thousands of MILES away .......... You think Muslims do not know? ............... just like you want SHAM Democracy in ME, same way Muslim will have shariah all over the world ...................... Muslims have the same right to have shariah in Australia if Australia has a right to impose Sham Democracy in ME .............................. and that goes for Hindus in India, Democracies in NATO and others ............ Stop looting Muslim Oil, Stop imposing Puppet Govt. , and LEAVE Muslim alone ..............
  2. A
    Oct 11, 2015 at 12:37 pm
    No Muslims are occupying Western Countries, No Muslims are looting Western resources, No Muslim are Imposing Shariah in West ................... NOW look at what the West is doing ..................
  3. P
    Oct 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm
    The only way forward is that the Aussies should join Islam in hordes and understand the ethos of the community.This can heal the fissures and maybe reciprocated by the other faith members.
  4. M
    Oct 10, 2015 at 2:09 am
    Not just Australia, every country with a Muslim minority is worried about 'Jihadi violence'. This 15 year old Muslim boy was "groomed" by a group of adult age Muslims, given a gun and told to attack the Police Station. The boy shot dead a civilian employee at the station. The boy in IS black uniform was shot dead by the police. The Aussie media, unlike what the Indian one is likely to do, is NOT blaming the police.
  5. M
    Oct 10, 2015 at 2:03 am
    Who has created the "fissures" Pal? Yesterday's 'refugees', today's IS recruiters? "Hordes of Aussies converting to Islam" will bring 'peace', will it? You want Australia to become another Syria? Show me one Islamic community in the world that is free from violence....
  6. A
    Agni Shiva
    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:44 pm
    Make changes in the law by which the entire family of problem makers must be deported their country of origin or their holy(?) desert Saudi Arabia where they can die without water and luxury. Pls pack up all the muslims from Australia, that will be the only solution.
  7. C
    Oct 9, 2015 at 4:26 pm
    Why only this group is singled out all over the globe why can't the people with wisdom come forward and correct the trend or are they too afraid or dried up???? Let them introspect and take proper action to live in peace with others. Jaihind
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