'March Against Sharia' draws counter protest, police presence

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.

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.

ACT for America is designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Muslim hate group.