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SYDNEY, Australia: Police were called in to calm hundreds of people who were locked out of a meeting to discuss a proposed Islamic school on the outskirts of Australia's largest city.

About 650 people attended the meeting late Wednesday in the town of Camden just southwest of Sydney, but some 200 more were left outside after the auditorium filled up.

Television news showed residents, who came to voice their feelings about the school, pleading with police and town council workers after being told they could not enter.

Local media said council workers called police to help control the residents after some reportedly tried to squeeze past security guards. The incident was peaceful, however, and no arrests were reported.

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