Armed protesters rally outside Texas mosque, drawing counter-demonstration
As police stand guard, armed anti-Muslim protesters, who did not want to give their names, stand across the street from a mosque during a demonstration in Richardson, Texas, on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. (AP / LM Otero)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, December 12, 2015 6:55PM EST
RICHARDSON, Texas -- About 20 people, half of them armed with rifles, have rallied outside a suburban Dallas mosque against Islamist violence and Syrian refugee resettlement.
The demonstration Saturday organized by the Bureau of American-Islamic Relations drew a counter-demonstration by about 50 people. An Associated Press photographer reported that while there were frequent discussions between both sides, they were peaceful and intervention by police officers wasn't needed.
The protesting group included members of the "Three Percenters" who consider themselves patriots protecting the homeland from Muslims.
Elsewhere, hundreds participated in a "United Against Racism and Hate" rally at a park in Dallas. The demonstrators marched to protest anti-Islamic activities and rhetoric.