Reclaim Australia rally a calmer affair in Gympie
GYMPIE'S Reclaim Australia Rally was a sedate affair compared to other violent protests held around the country.
In major cities across Australia, anti-Islamisation and anti-racism groups clashed at rival rallies on Easter Saturday.
Police were called in to calm the protestors.
In Gympie, close to 100 people turned up at Nelson Reserve to take part in the local event.
Dressed in Australian flags or green gold and carrying "patriotic" banners, they gathered around the sound shell to listen to speakers.
One of those speakers was Rod Robertson.
He thanked the crowd for coming along and showing its support.
"It really shows that you are Australian patriots," Mr Robertson said.
"It's all about reclaim Australia - reclaim Australia for us.
"Right from the onset I'd like to say I'm not anti-Muslim whatsoever.
"In fact, we welcome Muslims to our community, but we expect them to integrate like all previous new Australians who have come here before them."
He said Australia did not need migrants who were intent on introducing their own laws, with total disregard for our laws or way of life, with contempt for our customs and traditions or who plotted our demise while ransacking our welfare system.
Mr Robertson also spoke about sharia law and the koran.
Another speaker told how there were more than 400 mosques or Islamic centres around Australia.
"It won't be long before Gympie is considered for a mosque," he said.
A similar rally was held on the Fraser Coast at Hervey Bay on Saturday.
There, 500 people marched along the beach with placards supporting the cause.