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Fight breaks out at anti-Sharia protest

Laurie Berry | 12 June, 2017, 20:07

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".

"Many aspects of Sharia law run contrary to basic human rights and are completely incompatible with our laws and our democratic values", Act for America says on its website.

"In the public domain, Muslims are not required or expected to impose their laws on the country in which they live as the minority", Takim said, adding there has never been an understanding "that the same laws would be applicable at all times in all places". Instead, they said they were choosing to fight against the repression of women.

Protesters who say they oppose Islamic law and counter-protesters shouted at each other from behind police barriers in Chicago in one of several such protests nationwide. "That doesn't mean we allow it today too", Takim said. "We need to remember that we're strong when we're united", said the USA representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat who hails from Dearborn, Michigan, where roughly 40% of the residents are Muslim.

More than 100 United States religious and civil liberties groups denounced the rallies as disingenuously fear-mongering, and condemned the protests in a letter to the mayors of host cities.

The group protesting the "March Against Sharia" was often more vocal than the march itself, shouting things like "No Trump, No KKK, no fascist U.S.". A small but raucous demonstration was held in San Bernardino, where a husband and wife inspired by the Islamic State group killed 14 people and wounded 22 in a 2015 shooting attack. The department said it was still reviewing how many people were arrested and what charges they might face.

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The group ACT for America held anti-Sharia rallies in more than two dozen cities.

In St. Paul, Minnesota, the demonstrations were mostly peaceful until some people leaving a rally inside the Capitol encountered counter-protesters outside.

Clusters of protesters and counter-protesters gathered on four corners of an intersection at a memorial to the slain. One key ACT initiative is its lobbying for "American Laws for American Courts": legislation which seeks to ban the use of Shariah in USA civil courts. "We kind of know what we need to do to ensure everyone has their constitutional rights upheld". "No, Muslims are attacking other Muslims, and we're bringing in these refugees that have the same ideologies". Across the honking traffic were many who interpreted the message from a different angle. "All of it is just barbaric". Many argued that an effort is underway to unseat President Donald Trump.

In Seattle, hundreds of counter-protesters outnumbered the anti-Shria contingent.

The Kansas Chapter of the Council for American-Islamic Relations, the KC Muslim Civic Initiative, the Crescent Peace Society, and the Women's March on Kansas will have a separate event Saturday night.

"After all the hate, the bigotry and the slander", she said from the Capitol steps, "we always get this support (from the community)".


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