‘Anti-Sharia’ marches & counter protests held nationwide (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
The March against Sharia kicked off in dozens locations, including New York city, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Orlando and other cities across the United States on Saturday.
The March was organized by the ACT! for America movement, a political group which claims to be the “nation’s largest nonprofit, non-partisan, grassroots national security organization with 525,000 members and 1,000 volunteer groups.”
The organization said that main aim of the marches “are in support of basic human rights for all – and against the horrific treatment of women, children, and members of the LGBTQ community that is sanctioned by Sharia law,” and do not seek to “attack or intimidate based on race, religion, or sexual orientation.”
Despite the proclaimed goals, some protesters have shown up carrying explicit anti-Muslim slogans.
"Proud Zionist and feminist" sign at "anti-sharia" protest in NYC pic.twitter.com/JNu2wjqaTg— Alex Rubinstein (@RealAlexRubi) 10 июня 2017 г.
Heavily armed members of anti-government “patriot movement,” the Three Percenters, have been spotted at the march in Atlanta.
Members of far-right anti-government group, the Oath Keepers, are on “patrol” in the area around city hall in Seattle.
Members of the “Blue lives matter” pro-police movement during the March against Sharia in the New York City.
Guy in riot gear & Blue Lives Matter paraphernalia giving a media interview pic.twitter.com/a6CTHFFWqT— Alex Rubinstein (@RealAlexRubi) 10 июня 2017 г.
An Anarchy-Capitalism adept at the anti-Sharia rally in NYC.
"Anti-sharia" protester with "Anti-communist action" flag showing someone getting kicked out of a helicopter pic.twitter.com/jsHfba6ctR— Alex Rubinstein (@RealAlexRubi) 10 июня 2017 г.
The alt-right marches attracted counter protesters with far-left political views.
Counter-protesters chant "We are black, white, Muslim and Jew - and gay! / There are many more of us than you" pic.twitter.com/fjMNl76E4I— Alex Rubinstein (@RealAlexRubi) 10 июня 2017 г.
Counter-protesters in Seattle appear to vastly outnumber the anti-Sharia march.
The counter march is being held under slogan, “We stand with our Muslim neighbors.”
In Seattle, counter-protesters are carrying flags of the so-called Free Syrian Army.
Members of the white nationalist group Identity Evropa spotted during several marches across the US.
Large Oathkeeper presence at the "anti-sharia" protest side of the street but the communists & anarchists outnumber. Got handed this too pic.twitter.com/xQCAleW8WW— Alex Rubinstein (@RealAlexRubi) 10 июня 2017 г.
While the alt-right marches and counter-protests progressed quite peacefully, a number of people have reportedly been arrested in several locations.
#Antifa protest against the "anti-sharia" protest is finished. 2 arrests total, both for wearing masks— Alex Rubinstein (@RealAlexRubi) 10 июня 2017 г.
One person protesting the anti-sharia march is being handcuffed by police as police push protestors off of the street pic.twitter.com/Ea4hXOSV0n— Nora Shelly (@noracshelly) 10 июня 2017 г.
Far-left protesters attacked several anti-Sharia marchers in Seattle. Police pepper sprayed the brawling crowd and at least one person, reportedly carrying a firearm, was arrested.
ANTIFA JUST BEATDOWN A TRUMP SUPPORTER. HUGE WILD BRAWL. BATTLE IN SEATTLE!!!! pic.twitter.com/X4NHVlSeJe— Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) June 10, 2017
POLICE PEPPERSPRAY EVERYONE AT THE BATTLE FOR SEATTLE!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/jwKbkTZNnT— Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) June 10, 2017
Guy w/ the gun got arrested. He can be seen assisting in the beatdown in that wild video I posted. Wow. pic.twitter.com/SnvthdfRJU— Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) June 10, 2017
In St. Paul, Minnesota, authorities arrested seven people outside the State Capitol building as protesters could not stop shouting at each other.
Seven people arrested during demonstrations at the Minnesota State Capitol this afternoon. No injuries reported.— State Patrol PIO (@MSPPIO) June 10, 2017
Fights broke out between the opposing camps on a number of occasions but no one was injured.