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Anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters take aim at 'arrogant West'

People gather during a rally to protest against negative coverage of Islam and French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, in Sydney on January 23, 2015. On January 7 at least two masked men gunned down 12 people at the satirical weekly, in a shocking attack on freedom of speech in Europe.
People gather during a rally to protest against negative coverage of Islam and French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, in Sydney on January 23, 2015. On January 7 at least two masked men gunned down 12 people at the satirical weekly, in a shocking attack on freedom of speech in Europe. AFP PHOTO - Jeremy Piper

HUNDREDS of people have gathered in western Sydney to peacefully protest against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which published an image of the Islamic prophet Mohammed after jihadists murdered 12 staff members.

Police said about 800 people attended the rally, organised by controversial Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir outside the Lakemba railway station at sunset.

Four people were arrested and 10 were removed from the area for breaching the peace, Campsie Local Area Commander Superintendent Michael McLean said.

Many of the protesters held placards pledging their love for the Prophet Mohammed, who was depicted on the magazine cover holding a sign displaying the words "Je suis Charlie".

Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Wassim Doureihi said Muslims had a duty to respond to the magazine.

"It is unacceptable for a Muslim to remain silent in the face of the attacks on our beloved prophet," he said.

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