Police have been forced to intervene in Melbourne after protesters clashed with supporters of far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.
The violent scene occurred yesterday evening outside the Melbourne Pavilion in Kensington, ABC News has reported.
Minor injuries occurred, with one protester falling and bleeding, and a police officer being struck by a rock.
Yiannopoulos is controversially in Australia for a sold-out speaking tour.
Chris Dipasquale from the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism said his organisation wanted “to send a positive messgae”.
“We’re against racism, we’re against sexism, transphobia, homophobia, everything that Milo stands for, we’re against that,” he said.
Neil Erikson, a member of far-right group Patriot Blue, said he was at the protest to defend free speech.
“We were basically coming to the Milo event and we were attacked so we had to defend ourselves,” he said.
Openly gay Yiannopoulos is notorious for his ultra-conservative views that have been called misogynist and Islamophobic.
The venues for his speaking appearances had been kept secret because of concerns about protests.
Yiannopoulos’s university speaking tour in the US was cancelled last year over security concerns.
Protesters in California earlier this year rioted over his speaking engagement at a university campus, smashing windows and lighting fires.
In October, Yiannopoulos drew criticism for speaking out against marriage equality for Australia, though he is thought to be married himself.