ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota State Patrol says seven arrests were made during a "March Against Sharia" protest and counter-protest at the Capitol Saturday.
The march was one of several across the country, organized by ACT for America. The organization billed the event as "a march against Sharia law and for human rights."
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), among other groups, helped to organize a counter protest.
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.
Just moments ago protestors from both sides were toe to toe as each side provoked the other. pic.twitter.com/zG9Qk8xyK5— Dylan Wohlenhaus (@DylanWohlenhaus) June 10, 2017
The state patrol says suspects were booked in the Ramsey County Jail and face potential charges ranging from disorderly conduct to obstructing the legal process.
Two people out of the seven also face potential assault charges.
A trooper tried to detain this man, when trooper looked away people swarmed them & tried grabbing the man when confrontation escalated. pic.twitter.com/r9u1BUABrW— Dylan Wohlenhaus (@DylanWohlenhaus) June 10, 2017
The protests wrapped up at 2:30 p.m., with no injuries reported, according to troopers.
CAIR-MN was scheduled to hold an open mosque dialogue on Saturday after the protest at the Minnesota Dawah Institute. They invited protesters to come tour the mosque and ask questions.
The Anti-War Committee, which joined the counter protest, called the March Against Sharia "part of a rising tide of hate speech, which fuels racist hate crimes that target Muslims."
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