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6 Arrested as Mob Rushes Terry Jones on Way to Arab Festival in Dearborn

Pastor Jones' march through Dearborn on his way to rally at the Arab International Festival was cut short when counter-protesters confronted him in the street.

Florida Pastor in Dearborn was cut short after a mob rushed him on his way to the Arab International Festival Friday afternoon.

Jones' original plan was to march down Schaefer Road to speak at the Arab International Festival after he and several of his supporters spoke at . However, that plan ended abruptly when Jones' march was met in the street with dozens of hostile protesters led by activist group BAMN–By Any Means Necessary.

Jones and a handful of supporters walked north down Schaefer from City Hall just after 3 p.m., but were quickly cut off by the counter-protesters, several of whom yelled in Jones' face and blocked his way down the road, forcing people into the street.

Dearborn police worked to quell the unrest, making six arrests and eventually pushing Jones and several of his supporters into a black, unmarked police SUV.

Remaining protesters quickly dispersed.

Wayne County police patrolling the Arab International Festival said just after 4 p.m. that Jones' protest at that location had been canceled at the urging of Dearborn police.

Stephanie Sapp, who is the wife of Jones' cohort Wayne Sapp and works for Jones' group Stand Up America Now, confirmed that news via Twitter.

"Dr Terry Jones and supporters attacked by angry protesters after Rally with signs and punches," she tweeted. "No one was hurt."

Before Jones and his opponents clashed on Schaefer Road, the scene was relatively peaceful at City Hall. Counter-protesters were outnumbered by Dearborn police officers and members of the media.

Dearborn Chief of Police Ronald Haddad said that the ultimate decision to cancel the protest was made by Jones, at the advice of police.

"We quelled it as quickly as possible," Haddad said. "We did advise Pastor Jones it was probably ill advised to walk with that kind of attention-grabbing formation. He elected to call it off."

Haddad said that five of the six arrests made were non-Dearborn residents.

"It's just another day in the big city," Haddad added.

According to an official release from the city, Jones and his supporters refused to press charges. The individuals arrested were charged with the misdemeanor of breach of the peace.

Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly, who was reportedly out of town during the events, responded to the day's outcome in a statement, saying that he was pleased with Dearborn residents' response to Jones.

“I am proud of our Dearborn residents and thank the religious and community leaders for carrying the message of peace and tolerance,” said O’Reilly, who urged residents to ignore Jones in earlier this week.

Terry Jones, famous for burning a Quran, . He had wanted to protest at the , but was refused by the city and a court. His arrest came after a judge imposed a $1 peace bond on him and he declined to pay. Jones and his supporters are protesting what they say is the threat of Islamic law taking over Dearborn.

Susan Ryan June 17, 2011 at 10:37 PM
http://bit.ly/iog1ay Why BAMN was in Dearborn to stop TerryJones' anti muslim, antiblack rally.
Dan Seidel June 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Thanks for the info Susan, but when did Jones make anti-black comments? Can you give me a cite or two to those? I would appreciate the data so I can look at the source material and decide credibility or not. Lots of stuff in that BAMN flyer - had no idea Jones was anti union either, or was for cutbacks on education - seems like the wrong venue for BAMN - and anyway, you do not agree it was legal to block Jones, do you? or harass him? or assault him? You ARE up on your Constitutional case law, correct? Jones: anti black - really? that sounds like slander and libel since it is now printed. Wow. does America need an education!
jenni June 18, 2011 at 12:04 AM
bye bye.
NotToday June 18, 2011 at 12:50 AM
Speaking as an Arab-American, I'd have thought the pastor would have been allowed to the festival only to pull a massive prank on him, something, where he totally freaks out and thinks the festival goers are planning right then and there to pull a massive operation of terrorism. There would be some way to make it funny given the volume of creativity in the community. Freedom of speech is mostly for vile morons like the pastor, they're the main reason we all defend that right. And its more fun to prank morons than scream in their faces anyway.
Frank Lee June 18, 2011 at 01:19 AM
Look, Terry Jones got what he wanted. Now he gets to play the hero, and Dearborn looks like fools. However the truth is BAMN is a group of idiots who have nothing creative to add to the discourse. Terry Jones and BAMN are both a bunch of nincompoops
ultraheady June 18, 2011 at 01:35 AM
This Terry Jones guy is a loser. He's not from the area, get out!
kidcat24 June 18, 2011 at 01:44 AM
Too bad Jones didn't just say "I'm here to try the food and learn about the culture."
dave June 18, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Jones and Sapp look like Laurel and Hardy lol. Everytime I look at Sapp I laugh, he also looks like Chumley from pawn stars lol.
Dan Seidel June 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM
Ok, if I am such a well known anti muslim "bigot", can you explain to me, one of many kuffar, the concept of "al-wala'wa'l-bara" and what it means for non muslims like me? I could care less about who lives next door, or who walks the streets or what you wear (from K-Mart wonders to the various shades of blacks for burkahs), but when ANYONE messes with Civil Liberties WE ALL SUFFER and WE ALL LOSE. So I am bigoted against subversion of Constitutional Rights As for anyone calling me a dirty Jew or filthy commie or neocon slime or naive punk? who cares - comments like that merely show ignorance on behalf of the speaker - let's go to debate class!! I have pictures of Nazis in full military regalia (sans weapons) carrying gas cans with signs to burn Jews - Wash DC protests of the 60's, in front of Blair House - they were allowed to march, we were allowed to march. I support the right of Nazis to march in Skokie, Ill (famous case!! - go read the decisions!). I support Muslims marching - peacefully- like anyone else - no violence and no threats of violence. period. So I am a bigot? I think not, just a Winter Soldier (look that one up as well) for Freedom and Democracy and true Free Speech and Assembly. Try using words as swords - feels better when you make a great sentence with impact! Words impress, violence does not. If Terry Jones stirs up debate and thought - GREAT!!! beat the ARGUMENT to death, not the people. Jews call the verbal battle mental analysis "pilpul".
Rich June 18, 2011 at 11:22 AM
The correct way to counter Terry Jones and his ilk, Send in the Clowns! http://videosift.com/video/Clowns-counter-protest-a-KKK-rally
David Bradley June 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM
Sorry, wrong Terry Jones. My mistake. I thought this article was about someone real. It's not. It's not about a real person or a real issue. Is Sharia law taking over America? No. No more than Jewish dietary laws are closing McDonald's. 'Cause nobody but Muslims give a damn, and whether the unChristian Right likes it or not, nobody's religion matters in this country. Nobody's. So Terry Jones and the rest of his fantasy cult want to prove their fantasy cult is a bigger fantasy cult than that of Islam? Is that the point of this? Oh right, it has no point, except to draw attention to DR. Terry Jones. Doctor of what? The dude has a fifty-member church. Fifty families have found no better place to spend their Sunday mornings, and that makes him news? Tell me again what makes him news. He's not news. He's a sad old man screaming to be noticed, like that Phelps guy and his alleged "church". Scam artists scamming free advertising in the form of "news coverage", causing the intelligentsia to go off on completely irrelevant rants. This guy is no more relevant than Lady Gaga's eyeshadow. At least the real Terry Jones is smart, funny, and entertaining.
ultraheady June 18, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Terry Jones is useless.
Kstalzer June 18, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Whether you like it or not the Supreme Court and OUR CONSTITUTION says that ALL have the right to speak or protest. I may not like what he says but this is America not Europe. Get over it. Thuggery in the face of bigotry is no better.
Springman June 18, 2011 at 02:46 PM
As a resident of Gainesville Florida, a generally good and caring community, I would like to apologize to the good people of Dearborn for not having found a way to commit Mr. Jones. He has cost our fair city far to much money and goodwill. He is our Fred Phelps and should not be off of his leash.
Springman June 18, 2011 at 02:51 PM
I think his 'church' is down to like 12 people. It is hard to call it a church when in reality it is furniture factory that he and his wife run using the labor of members and selling through ebay.
Daniel Ellis June 18, 2011 at 03:24 PM
If it's true that Terry Jones's Lord and Savior once said "Blessed are the Peacemakers" then I doubt Terry will be getting blessed anytime soon.

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