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A protest against “Innocence of Muslims” – a 14-minute video posted on YouTube, was initially planned Sunday 23. September, but got cancelled by the organiser over fears that the event could spark the kind of violence that erupted between police and Muslim protesters in Sydney.

An argument erupted on the steps of the State Library of Victoria.

No major outbreak
It was calm in front of the Victorian State Library, site of a cancelled Islamic rally, before four men wearing “proudly atheist” T-shirts and carrying signs saying “Islam is false” came.

A passing Sydney-living man was drawn into a debate with the atheists over the content of their signs when he asked them to take them down.

There was no physical violence, but tensions escalated as the young men draped in Australian flags got involved.

The group of men, some with SS insignia and some with shaved heads, had been waiting at the library for a couple of hours. They denied being part of any organisation, and said they only came there to enjoy the nice weather.

Vocal, but peaceful
The arguments lasted for about 20 minutes when the police asked the pro-Muslim man if he could leave before things got out of control.

The Victoria Police was prepared for the worst, but said it was a peaceful argument.

Ending with the nationalist protesters waving the Australian flags and chanting “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi” and “we grew here they flew here”.

Police Commander Jeff Forti said: “We’re very thankful the rally really didn’t go off, there was a small gathering of people there that was peaceful.”

Police also said that they didn’t know if the group of men with SS insignia were in any particular group, but the police knew some of them.

The video denigrating the Prophet Muhammad, made by a US-based filmmaker, has incited violent rallies around the world. And the violent protest in Sydney, resulted in 17 people injured.

The video has now more than 13,5 million hits.