Muslim center dispute sparks New York rallies — article link, video, photo gallery
(Photo: Muslim center supporter at a New York rally, August 22, 2010/Jessica Rinaldi)
Supporters and opponents of a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site staged competing rallies in downtown Manhattan on Sunday, kept apart by police and barricades.
Hundreds of opponents chanted “No Mosque,” sang patriotic songs and waved photographs of violent attacks by Islamic extremists. One sign read: “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all the terrorists were Muslim.”
Around the corner, supporters chanted: “We don’t care what bigots say, religious freedom is here to stay.”
Here is a Reuters video by Jon Decker and then more photos from the rallies by Jessica Rinaldi: