Multiple Arrests Made at Anti-Islamic Protest During Dearborn's Arab International Festival

A group touting themselves as "Bible Believers" rallies during the festival, causing a heated response from attendees that results in several arrests.

A small group of anti-Islamic protesters caused a ruckus at the Arab International Festival Friday, resulting in the arrest of several festival attendees.

The group, who identified themselves as the Bible Believers, held up signs referring to Islam as a "religion of murder" and urging Muslims to "repent" while standing in the festival's free speech zone, located at Miller Road and Warren Avenue.

A group of counter-protesters and onlookers gathered around the area–some of them shouting at the Bible Believers and throwing water bottles, trash and shoes.

Wayne County and Detroit police, including mounted officers, quickly rallied to keep the public away from the anti-Islamic protesters. At least two people resisted, resulting in separate arrests.

Police were not able to confirm how many arrests were made at the festival.

The chaos at the Arab International Festival followed six arrests made earlier that day of protesters from the activist group By Any Means Necessary. Members of BAMN were cited with misdemeanor breach of peace charges after ignoring police demands to stop harassing Pastor Terry Jones as he attempted to walk from to the festival.

The resistance against Jones was so great that eventually, Dearborn police escorted him and several followers away from the area in an unmarked police SUV. Jones had planned to continue his rally at the festival, but decided to cancel the event at the recommendation of police.

Susan Ryan June 18, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Why BAMN was in Dearborn to stop Terry Jones. http://t.co/oa9YNOw @followbamn or bamn.com
marooned in Dbn June 18, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Currently, my wife and kids are on a family trip to Lebanon. I made a joke to them about missing the Arabic Festival, because they were in another country. Ha ha . Now...with all these trouble makers, and esp. another " rev". Jones visit to Dearborn,...I'm glad they are in Lebanon, instead of a festival in their own country. I think for the time being...they are safer in Lebanon. What possible reason does "rev" Jones have to keep on comeing to Dbn? Esp. trying to make a breach into an event that 99.9% are of Arabic persuasion. This serves nothing except a possible riot, esp. with fringe groups like BAMN inserting themselves into the mix. BAMN...of all entities...at a festival in Dbn. WHY? HOW?. This is suppost to be a FAMILY festival to showcase the Arabic heritage. We do not need extreamist hate groups infiltrating and polluting our city and our cultural events. Please, "rev" Jones, "BAMN", and all other unwanted, unneeded radical/hate groups...please stay out of Dbn. We have enough issues on our hands as it is.
darma2u June 18, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Yea to you, 'Rev. Jones" if in fact he is, is looking to stir up trouble, he is like the chaos of a storm sucking the life blood out of those who foolishly engage him. Am glad you family is safely away. "Pastor" Jones is attempting to diver energy away from what was a good family oriented event for his own end..'MONEY', the limelight of 'attention' by the media. He has a very small and resentful soul. People would do better to laugh at him.
marooned in Dbn June 19, 2011 at 12:19 AM
I forgot to mention one other item. I noticed a photo of some supposed Christians surrounded by some kind of cast iron barrier, at the fringe of this festival...at some kind of so-called "free speech zone". They were wearing tees that said something to the effect that muslims should "repent"...or something of a similar nature. I believe that everyone has something to repent in their eventual presense before the Living God...One who has 100 Names. I believe that if these supposed Christians also believed that...they should carry out this mission on a one on one basis. Like the Jev. Witnesses do. Keep this kind of action private. You all know who you are that needs redemption. Christians should keep this matter away from gatherings like festivals, where repentance and redemption are the farthest thing away from the minds of the participants. Even if they hear the message...it is forgotten in exactly 3 seconds. It also depends on the quality of the call for repentance. A call for repentance is null and void if it is spread in a spirit of malace. We must love each other
John Seabolt June 19, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Terry Jones is right !!! all freedoms are good unless you are a Christian, then NO FREE SPEECH!! Php 1:13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; 14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: 16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: 17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. 18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. 19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21 ¶ For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. We have the King of Kings Jesus Christ and the power of the only living God: Nu 10:9 And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.
jenni June 20, 2011 at 10:36 AM
i don't understand the free speech complainers. local law enforcement made arrests. there you go. the constitutional right to free speech doesn't guarantee an attentive polite audience.
Frank Lee June 20, 2011 at 01:01 PM
BAMN is a Marxist organization discredited by it's methods of violent protest, and detested by the progressive community. Acts " missionaries" are discredited by their perverse interpretations of Christianity and repudiated by the majority of mainstream Christians. What you have here is a battle of two violent and extreme groups based on hatred with no discernible goals other than disruption. They are here in Dearborn because our city leaders have abdicated leadership and provided a vacuum that is being filled by outside agitators. Our hard earned tax monies are being squandered controlling situations that should have never existed to begin with. Recall O'Reilly
Lirr Thropp June 20, 2011 at 10:46 PM
marooned in Dbn June 21, 2011 at 02:58 PM
Sir: The first time "rev" Jones came to Dbn....I believe earlier in this year, he and his associate, whose name I forgot, came here not with trumpets...but were in fact packin' pistols. I understand the Cardinals of the Catholic Church wear red robes to signify their willingness to die for their religion...the word of Christ. I havent heard of any such men found with handguns in their robes. Since you provide us with what appears to be many biblical quotations, please tell us from which Bible these were extracted from...there exist many versions. In the version I have...which is the King James, I will direct you to the Book of Matthew, Chap 37...V 51 and V 52...please read. Even CHRIST told one of those disciples to "put away that sword"
marooned in Dbn June 21, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Sorry...my mistake. That Chapter is really Chapter 26...V51 and V 52. I was looking at the page number of the Book of Matthew by mistake.
Sam Hart November 22, 2011 at 01:44 PM
A Christian is supposed to live a Quiet and Peaceable Life and not offend anyone. 1Th 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; Jas 3:2 If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
art barraza June 27, 2012 at 08:12 AM
art barraza June 27, 2012 at 08:16 AM
Don't tell people to stay out of Dearborn. It sounds like Lebanon IS your family's OWN country. People have a right to express their views. What people don't have a right to do is physically assault people. It is hypocritical (and arrogant) to tell people to stay out of an American city while supporting those who physically assault people. Maybe you should stay out of America.
art barraza June 27, 2012 at 08:21 AM
You cannot claim to follow Islam, come to America, and be violent toward others. This is hypocrisy at its finest. Go back to the middle east with that garbage. My people, the Yokut people, have occupied the land of this country for at least 8000 years. Now you are going to come here in the last decade or two and spew venom at American citizens? We don't need any new people here. Go back to Dearborn Arabia.
todd June 29, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Dearborn is the model minority community. No conspiracies originate their, no plots, no prominent arrests made, they celebrated the hanging of Saddam Hussein, and yet the nativist trash can't take it for what it is: a benign little town with a large Muslim population. If they don't do what i suspect them of doing, I'll MAKE them do it. I'll agitate the Other the best I can, and when I get arrested for being a public nuisance I'll opine about how there is a police state and I can't just crash a private gathering with my hate speech (or outright assault people) like in the good old days. Grow up. 9/11 was what it was, not a declaration of war by a monolith, but an act of fanatics that bear all the resemblance of the people being arrested today.
todd June 29, 2012 at 04:59 AM
perhaps they should read the part about peacable assembly
art barraza July 18, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Hey Todd, I'm not sure what you mean by natavist trash in the context of this subject. There is nothing worse than someone coming to this country and talking sh!t to those who are born and raised here. This is not someone else's welcome mat to come here and display violence toward those who are already here. This type of arrogance is only perpetuating the polarization between people. Fanatical or not, people have the right to gather and protest at a festival. If it was funeral, that would be different. Those who are holding the festival do not have the right to be violent toward those protesting. No one is going to take you serious if you word things inaccurately, for example, by implying that those protesting were the ones assaulting people, when in fact it was the other way around. Also, it was not a private gathering if it was on public property and in the streets of an American city, everyone has the right to attend. People who come here need to first respect those who are already here. Period.


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