Some anti-Sharia demonstrators yelled, "Commie scum!", while counter-protesters shouted, "Nazis!", according to NBC New York. Both arrests came in the area of the counter-demonstration. For the two hours the groups stood on the Common, protesters and counter-protesters mingled with each other, shouting, swearing, laughing derisively, and filming each other.
With expletives and loud chants flying, some Muslims, including a young woman in a headscarf, joined the counter-protest. The practice is common in some conservative Muslim societies, but many Islamic scholars insist it is not mandated under Sharia law.
The national coordinator of the marches, Scott Presler, is a 29-year-old Republican operative who says he, as a gay man, was first motivated to fight Muslim extremism after the deadly Orlando shooting last June.
Counter-protesters hold signs outside of an anti-Sharia rally in Seattle Saturday.
"Sharia is against our basic human rights" said Orangevale resident Robert James.
"The threat to Roseville is the ignorance of Sharia Law", said Diana Verba, a rally organizer and ACT for America member". If you feel unsafe "walking around in a hijab, try being a conservative on a college campus", Pax Hart, who organized the NY march, said.
"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".
"The Quran allows slavery".
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) said America is a nation of many religions and cultures and "it makes us strong". "Laws are amenable to change".More news: Hoffman's goal helps Senators beat Penguins to force Game 7
"And to demonize immigrant communities from countries we are bombing and then banning them from coming to the U.S.is unjust". Their day of action is timed to coincide with Ramadan when Muslims around the world fast during the daylight hours, and explicitly targets Muslims at a time when racist violence has spiked.
USA towns see rallies protesting sharia law.
A similar scene played out in a park near a NY courthouse, where counter-protesters sounded air-horns and banged pots and pans in an effort to silence an anti-Shariah rally.
Rochester resident Sammie Peterson was among those braving the scorching heat to stand with her Muslim neighbors.
The mood was tense but peaceful as a counterprotest of twice as many people met a few blocks away on the legislative mall and marched to the Capitol, decrying the other group as Islamaphobic. No violence broke out, CAIR said.
Dozens of officers at the State Capitol Saturday morning stood between two sets protesters.
"We want to send a message to Muslims that they are not welcome in our communities", One local march organizer said during a podcast on Wednesday. ACT for America did *not return our request for comment.
"ACT demonizes all Muslims as terrorists who want to subvert the political system in this country", said Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center.