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Law enforcement officers, front, keep an eye on counter protesters as they look on during a "March Against Sharia" promoted by ACT for America! Saturday, June 10, 2017, on the grounds of the state Capitol in Denver. Demonstrators at small but raucous gatherings around the country Saturday raised the specter that extremist interpretations of Islamic law might somehow spread across the U.S., but many of the rallies drew even more boisterous counter-protests by people who called such fears unfounded. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Nationwide marches against Sharia Law led to counter-demonstrations and arrests


Nationwide protests against Sharia Law led to tense confrontations, and even arrests in U.S. cities on Saturday, reports NBC News.

The "March Against Sharia" was scheduled to take place in more than 20 cities and was sponsored by  group called ACT for America. The Southern Poverty Law Center designates ACT as an anti-Muslim hate group.   

"We are not anti-Muslim. We are anti-radical Islam," said a March Against Sharia speaker outside City Hall in Seattle. 

Some of the marches across the country were met with counter-demonstrations. At a rally in Minnesota, seven people were arrested during a confrontation, but no injuries were reported. 

In Seattle, officers had to use pepper spray to break up a fight following protests downtown, leading to the arrests of three people. 

In New York, 100 protesters and about 200 counter protesters shouted at each other as police officers stood in between. 

Counter-protests did their best to drown out marchers. 

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