Police stand in formation as they separate anti-racist groups and nationalist protesters attending a "Reclaim Australia" rally in central Sydney, Australia, July 19, 2015. REUTERS/Baris Atayman
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A prominent Australian Muslim leader criticized the government's $1 billion program to deradicalize Muslim youths Wednesday, saying it put too much emphasis on law enforcement and not enough on factors that drive young people to fight overseas.About 100 Australians are fighting in Iraq and Syria but Samier Dandan, president of Australia's Lebanese Muslim Association, branded the conservative government's 9-month-old program to stop the flow of radicalized Muslims "a mess". At least half of Australia's Muslims live in Sydney's west, which was transformed in the mid-1970s from white working-class districts into majority-Muslim areas by a surge of immigration from Lebanon.
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