Singer Jimmy Barnes asks anti-Islam rally groups like Reclaim Australia and the United Patriots Front to stop playing his songs at protests
Cold Chisel singer Jimmy Barnes has asked anti-Islam protesters to stop playing his songs at rallies.
Protests across Australia took place over the weekend, with clashes between anti-Muslim and anti-racism demonstrators.
Channel Nine reporter Michael Best tweeted a video showing the anti-Islam Reclaim Australia protest in Brisbane playing Cold Chisel's Khe Sanh as they held up signs and the Australian flag.
Barnes took to his Facebook page acknowledging the use of his music at the rallies by the groups, but saying he did not support them.
The Scotland-born Barnes said in the statement: "If you look at my family you can see we are a multicultural family."
His wife Jane, with whom he has four children, was born in Thailand.
"It has come to my attention that certain groups of people have been using my voice, my songs as their anthems at rallies," he wrote.
"None of these people represent me and I do not support them.
"I only want to say the Australia I belong to and love is a tolerant Australia. A place that is open and giving.
"It is a place that embraces all sorts of different people, in fact it is made stronger by the diversity of its people."
The singer, known for his pub-rock classics including Working Class Man, was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2005.
Through his publicist, Barnes declined to make any comment beyond that already posted on social media.
A series of Reclaim Australia rallies were held around the country over the weekend.
In Melbourne, police were forced to use capsicum spray as anti-racism protesters clashed with nationalists.
Federal Coalition MP George Christensen caused controversy by addressing the Reclaim Australia rally in Mackay.
Former Federal MP Pauline Hanson also addressed a rally in Rockhampton, saying she was "against the spread of Islam".
Wikipedia: Barnes was raised a Protestant, and considers himself a Buddhist
, although in September 2009 he revealed that his maternal grandmother was Jewish.