Graffiti saying 'Islam will rule' has been sprayed on the side of a historic church in Bendigo, Australia, just minutes away from where 1,000 protesters held an anti-mosque rally.
All Saints Anglican Church, which dates back 140 years, is believed to have been vandalised on Saturday night after the large-scale protest against the building of a mosque in the area.
Residents have spoken of their 'shock' at seeing the words emblazoned on the side of the church which is now disused after being decommissioned in July this year.
Minister Philip Burns from Bendigo Presbyterian Church, opposite All Saints, revealed that he noticed the graffiti on his way to church on Sunday morning.
'It is really not a very nice thing to see on your way to church,' he told Daily Mail Australia.
'I was very shocked and it definitely surprised me seeing graffiti like that on a church.
'I have no clue who did it or whether it is in some way related to the protest. I'm just concerned for the owners as it is their responsibility to clear it up.'
A picture of the graffiti was posted on social network site Reddit with the caption: 'I saw this graffitied on the side of a church in Bendigo. This is where the anti-mosque protesters met to start their rally.'
Protesters clashed outside a hotel during the march and police made an arrest for a man taking pictures of masked anti-racist members
The church lies on the corner of Forest Street and Mackenzie Street, just seven minutes walk from where protesters gathered in Rosalind Park, downtown Bendigo in Victoria.
More than 420 uniformed police and riot squad staff stopped hundreds of protesters from the United Patriots Front and Rally for Diversity from clashing.
There were four arrests, including two people caught carrying knives in public places, one for carrying a flare and one for an assault.
It is the second time protesters have clashed over plans to build a mosque the last two months.
Bendigo city centre was previously shut down in August when hundreds of people gathered for counter-rallies.
At one stage about 200 counter protesters marched towards the group who were demonstrating against the mosque, but police managed to intercept the would-be clash.
Supporters of the the UPF participated in giving speeches and flying flags in protest of the first mosque planned for the city.