Friday, September 21, 2012


Victoria Police are on alert as reports surface on social media about a possible anti-Islamic demonstration in Melbourne this weekend.

A protest against the anti-Islamic film that sparked the big demonstration in Sydney was due to take place on Sunday, but was called off after Muslim leaders urged followers not to take part.

Police say they are now looking at whether a rival rally will go ahead.

Deputy Police Commissioner Tim Cartwright says it is unclear whether messages on social media calling for the demonstration are legitimate.

"Our intelligence would suggest that there's no practical underpinning for that anti-Islamic rally," he said.

"It's just a lot of malicious, horrible texting. But we're ready to go should that happen."

Deputy Commissioner Cartwright says the messages are deliberately setting out to provoke violence. Read More