Protesters attend a "Reclaim Australia" rally to oppose religious extremism in Sydney on April 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Peter Parks
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Protesters waving Australian flags and carrying signs such as "Yes Australia.The "Reclaim Australia" events drew hundreds of supporters but also triggered counter-rallies from other groups who criticized them as racist and called for greater tolerance. In Sydney, hundreds braved the rain to rally in Martin Place, near the site of a deadly siege in which a lone gunman inspired by ISIS took customers and staff hostage in a cafe in December.In Queensland, former politician Pauline Hanson defended the rallies, which on its website Reclaim Australia said were against Shariah law and the burqa and in support of gender equality.However, rival protesters called the Reclaim Australia rallies anti-Muslim.
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