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Texas mosque draws protest, counter-protest demonstrations

10 months 1 week 5 days ago December 12, 2015 Dec 12, 2015 Saturday, December 12 2015 December 12, 2015 6:08 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow
Image: WFAA-TV

RICHARDSON - About 20 people, half of them armed with rifles, rallied outside a suburban Dallas mosque against Islamist violence and Syrian refugee resettlement.

The demonstration organized by the Bureau of American-Islamic Relations drew a counter-demonstration by about 50 people. An Associated Press photographer reported that while there were frequent discussions between both sides, they were peaceful and intervention by the dozen police officers wasn't needed.

The protesting group included members of the "Three Percenters" who consider themselves patriots protecting the homeland from Muslims. They previously organized armed protests outside a mosque in Irving, another Dallas suburb.

Hundreds participated in a "United Against Racism and Hate" rally at Fair Park in Dallas. The demonstrators marched a few blocks to the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to protest anti-Islamic activities and rhetoric.

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