However, Seattle police used tear gas to disperse rowdy demonstrators and made several arrests following an anti-Shariah rally and a much larger counter-protest. ANTI-SHARIA MARCHES, COUNTER-PROTESTS LEAD TO FIGHTING AND ARRESTSHowever, downtown Raleigh saw two protests: One on Capitol grounds where North Carolinians gathered to protest the law, while a second group protesting Islamophobia gathered at Halifax Mall.
The marches were organized in 19 states, including Minnesota.
Counterdemonstrators, though, outnumbered the protesters by about 2 to 1.
Sharia Law, which has seen an upsurge in implementation across Islamic communities in recent years, is the strictest form of Islamic Law. Three times as many counter-protesters demonstrated outside. "Just like Jews were targeted in the past, our civil rights are being questioned and we are standing together in solidarity to fight that sentiment", Aisha Piracha with Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Alliance said.
The state patrol says the march inside the Capitol Rotunda was kept separate from the counter-demonstration outside, but a "brief exchange" between the two groups outside led to the arrests. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists ACT for America as an extremist group. The only casualty of being in the middle of physical escalations between protestors & troopers.My shirt.
Takim said Sharia offers guidelines or principles on how Muslims should live.
The gathering of more than 300 people was mostly quiet, until a confrontation among ACT for America attendees and opponents began outside, near the state's Centennial Office Building. They were organized by ACT for America, which claims Islamic law is incompatible with Western democracy.
Apparently concerned that the US is being overrun by Islamic religious fundamentalists, a right-wing lobbying group with close ties to the administration of US President Donald Trump is attempting to drum up support for their cause by staging marches in about two dozen cities across the country.
Leaders of the region's Islamic community held a counter rally several miles away from the Anti-Sharia demonstration, explained Fauzia Rizvi, General Secretary of the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco. The anti-Sharia demonstrators yelled, "Commie scum!"
A coalition of 129 national and local organizations has also sent letters to 29 mayors in advance of the anti-Sharia marches scheduled in their cities, urging them to embrace "values of pluralism, diversity and liberty for all while firmly rejecting the forces of hate and bigotry that seek to divide us". Scholars say there's little to no threat to US democracy from Islamic law. The group said it supports the rights of those subject to Shariah law and opposes discrimination.