Police on high alert after riots

RUMOURS of further protests organised through social networking sites in the wake of last week's Sydney riots have police in capital cities around the country on high alert.

Despite one planned protest outside Melbourne City Library being cancelled, supposedly due to media attention, police have warned they are ready for anything this weekend.

Victorian Police Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright told reporters on Thursday that Facebook pages inviting protectors to "peaceful rallies" had been hijacked by extremists and one message included the words "come ready for battle".

In a rare display of unity senior police and Muslim leaders met with reporters in Sydney on Thursday afternoon.

Speaking through a translator Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, Grand Mufti of Australia said the Islamic community and police were "on the same side".

"This country is not great or famous for its koalas and kangaroos. It is great for its freedom," Dr Mohamed said.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas said riot police were on standby and would be present at Friday morning prayer sessions around the city and the CBD over the weekend.


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