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Nationwide, Pro-Muslim Counter-Protests Overwhelmed ‘Anti-Sharia’ Rallies

Seattle wasn’t the only city to stand behind Muslims.

Seattle wasn’t the only place where counter-protesters outnumbered attendants of so-called “Marches Against Sharia” held across the country on Saturday.

The NY Daily News reports that about a hundred “anti-Muslim” ralliers in Manhattan were met by “several hundred protesters” bearing signs such as “Love your Muslim neighbor as yourself.” In Chicago, about 30 people rallied against sharia and about 60 counter-protested, the Associated Press reported. Those figures are similiar to what was seen in Seattle, where dozens rallied in Seattle against “sharia law,” while hundreds marched in counter-protest and in support of Muslims.

“The anti-Islam rallies were a bust,” Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for the Council on America-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told the Washington Post afterwards.

“We’ve seen a tremendous rise in the level of anti-Muslim bigotry in our society — and against minorities of all kinds — but we’ve also seen a tremendous rise in support,” he said.

The organization said that nationwide, demonstrators “outnumbered the Islamophobes and their white supremacist and anti-government allies almost 10-to-1.”

Things weren’t so lopsided everywhere.

The Denver Post reports that at the rally at Colorado’s state capitol, “Each side boasted about 150-to-175 people.” In Harrisburg, Penn., about 60 people marched against sharia at the State Capitol Building, joined by about 30 counter-protesters; another 200 people were at unity rally at a nearby church, reports PennLive.

cjaywork@seattleweekly.com

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