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.

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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