Seattle: We stand with our Muslim neighbors

Denise Zamora organizer of Saturday's

Denise Zamora organizer of Saturday's"March Against Sharia in San Bernardino the site of the city's 2015 shooting

The group held anti-Sharia rallies in more than two dozen cities Saturday; in NY and Chicago, a few dozen anti-Shari demonstrators were also outnumbered by counter-protesters.

A large group of people came together in Waterbury on Saturday for a march against Islamic law, the religious principles followed in many Muslim countries.

Similar protests and counter-protests also happened in St. Paul, Minn., where authorities arrested several people "when scuffles broke out", the AP reports, and New York City, where counter-protesters banged pots and pans in an effort to drown out "anti-sharia" demonstrators.

We The People Rising member and right-wing journalist Arthur Schaper, right, being confronted by an Anti-Trump counter protester during an Anti-Sharia law rally near the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on June 10, 2017.

Activists protesting against sharia law and their opponents clashed in rallies across America, in some cases leading to arrests and violent confrontations and showing continued divisiveness about Islam and Islamic law in this country.

In Chicago, around 30 people demonstrated against Shariah while around twice as many people participated in a counter-protest held across the street.

"I love them. I love Muslim people, but I want American people and those who support them to go read the law of Islam", said protester Mark Lori.

"This is a movement that opposes Sharia Law and oppression and is for human rights", says Ximena Barreto, who says she organized the march in conjunction with Latinas for Trump and ACT for America and Republican Woman of Oceanside.

In contrast, pro-Muslim rallies were much larger and were held in more places, as reports in the USA media show. They organize the protests nationwide looking at about 19 different states where they say these rallies were happening.

"I think it's ridiculous in this day and age to be protesting a religion", she said.

"American Muslims support the American values and freedoms we all cherish", said Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

A larger group gathered outside the Capitol to speak out against ACT for America's message. However, Christian Science found Gabriel's claim inaccurate when she said: "The radicals are estimated to be between 15 to 25 percent, according to all intelligence services around the world". But what did the counter-protesters tell you today?

The two groups, separated by a makeshift divider police set up, stood in a grassy area in the 6200 block of South Pennsylvania Avenue, south of Miller Road, and held signs, waved flags and chanted.

The marches were on the backdrop of an uptick in anti-Muslim incidents, including arson and vandalism at mosques, harassment of women wearing Muslim head-covering and bullying of Muslim schoolchildren, according to The Associated Press. The high figure for the counter-rally was roughly 70 people.

He says only "radical extremist groups" would call for that.

"There are so many messages going on that I'm not sure who's who", Hards added.

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