Eight people were arrested and six officers were injured after a protest swept through the Sydney CBD this afternoon.
Police said that, about 1pm today, a group marched from Sydney Town Hall to Martin Place, where a confrontation occurred between protesters and police outside a building housing the US consulate.
The protests were triggered by a US film, Innocence of Muslims, portraying the prophet Muhammad as a womaniser and paedophile.
Eight people were arrested at the demonstration and six police officers injured, the latest in a spate of protests at US embassies and consulates in the Middle East, Africa, Britain and elsewhere over a film that ridicules Prophet Mohammed.
Ms Gillard said violent protest was unacceptable.
“Violent protest is never acceptable – not today, not ever,” she said.
The protest began at 1pm (AEST), when an “an unannounced and unapproved” group of about 100 people gathered at Town Hall in Sydney’s CBD, before walking along George Street towards Martin Place, police said.