ST. PAUL, Minn. (KARE) - A "March Against Sharia" drew crowds of protesters and counter-protesters to the Minnesota State Capitol Saturday, along with a heavy police presence.
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 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 marches were organized in 19 states, including Minnesota.
The protesters in St. Paul were met by counter-protests, including one by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN).
Protesters and counter protesters chanted back and forth to one another outside the Capitol, with the Minnesota State Patrol standing in between the groups.
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
ACT for America is designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Muslim hate group.