A crowd of anti-Islam protesters who gathered for a provocative rally in front of the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona, has faced a much larger group of counter-protesters promoting peace. Police had to intervene to separate the two rallies.
The gathering outside the Phoenix mosque became a convergence of two rival protests with a phalanx of police officers separating the two. Despite anti-Islam event organizers calls on participants to bring guns and Mohammed cartoons and feel free to exercise their “constitutional right,” the event remained peaceful.
A large group of people with signs reading “Love not Hate,” and “Provoke Peace,” came ahead of the provocative event planned to coincide with Friday prayers, and lined up near the mosque. In anticipation of trouble, Arizona police also stepped up security in the area to prevent provocations and defuse tensions should the events turn ugly… see more