Several arrests made at anti-Shariah rallies

Several arrests made at anti-Shariah rallies”

Seattle police broke up confrontations between protesters and counter protesters and used pepper spray on Saturday, June 10.

Demonstrators dispersed after about two hours, with police escorting Trump loyalists across the river while counter protesters chanted "hey hey, goodbye".

The counter-protest group, Seattle Stands With Our Muslim Neighbors, disagreed, saying on its Facebook page that ACT for America is "a recognized Islamophobic hate group".

Managers also say they're taking necessary steps to ensure a calm and peaceful day. Police continued to monitor the two groups after the main protests ended and as the groups moved to the Occidental Park area.

Two competing rallies squared off in downtown Chicago as marches against Islamic law took place in dozens of locations across the U.S. Saturday.

The group organizing the rallies, ACT for America, claims Islamic law, known as Shariah, "is incompatible with Western democracy and the freedoms it affords".

"So often, counter protests are focused on hating them more than they hate us", she said.

But those on the other side like Ann Marie said the group isn't against Sharia Law, it's against Muslims.

The "March Against Sharia" was organised to highlight what the protesters insist is a rise in the oppression of women, so-called honour killings and anti-gay violence in America.

A similar scene played out in a park near a NY courthouse, where counterprotesters sounded air-horns and banged pots and pans in an effort to silence an anti-Sharia rally.

For years, Act for America and Gabriel have spent years spreading fear of Muslims and stripping them rights afforded to the followers of the other faiths.

The rally was one of more than two dozen held across the US on Saturday to target the notion that extremist interpretations of Islamic law might somehow infect American democracy.

Protesters against Sharia Law nationwide.


As Muslims make up less than 1 percent of the United States population, the idea that Sharia law could become commonplace may seem unusual.

Clashes between anti-Sharia rally goers and counter-protesters were captured on video, to include a clip where there was an exchange of punches from those in the crowd.

Heather Frederick said she came to stand up against hatred toward the "most vulnerable people in our communities", like Muslims. "We have to be careful with who we let in the country".

He says only "radical extremist groups" would call for that. It said sharia justifies the oppression of women and homosexuality, and advocates female genital mutilation.

The marches in Indianapolis and in many other cities were met with counter marches, with people standing up in support of Muslims, saying the anti-Sharia marches created a distorted view of Muslims. About twice as many counterprotesters marshaled across the street.

The event was originally scheduled for Portland, but organizers said on Facebook they were moving it to Seattle.

A representative for ACT for America could not be reached for comment.

"I don't believe Islam can peacefully coexist with the Constitution, " said Seattle anti-Sharia demonstrator Aaron Bassford, 29.

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