Anti-Sharia event, counter-protest held around capitol building

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 11, 2017 9:27 AM

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- A demonstration in Harrisburg against Sharia, or Islamic law, was met with a counter-protest, and two arrests were reported.

A published report says about 50 to 60 people gathered on the steps of the state Capitol on Saturday for the anti-Sharia demonstration, part of events around the country.

About 30 to 40 counter-protesters, many dressed in black with their faces covered, marched and then kept up a steady din of drumming and chanting across the street.

Troy Thompson of the Department of General Services said Capitol police arrested a juvenile for disorderly conduct and Harrisburg police arrested a man for striking a police horse.

Both arrests came in the area of the counter-demonstration.

Some Muslims accuse anti-Sharia rallies organizer ACT for America of promoting a distorted view of Islam.

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