Armed stand-off at Texas mosque: Racial tensions erupt in Dallas as gun toting anti-Muslim protesters clad in skeleton masks clash with the New Black Panther Party outside a Nation of Islam mosque
- The Bureau of American Islamic Relations turned up with rifles and masks
- They were there to confront members of the New Black Panther Party
- Hundreds of black activists meant the group were outnumbered
- Police then told them to leave because they feared for their safety
Racial tensions erupted during an armed demonstration outside a Nation of Islam mosque in Dallas on Saturday.
Anti-radicalization protesters from the Bureau of American Islamic Relations turned up with semi-automatic rifles, clad in skeleton masks as they confronted members of the New Black Panther Party.
Hundreds of black activists meant the group was outnumbered as they lined up behind barricades on Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard.
According to Fox 4, they only stood firm for a few minutes before police told them to leave for their own safety.
As they left, the protesters chanted: ‘Black power’.
A large number of officers were on duty, fearing racial overtones of the rally would turn into violence.
Activist Olinka Green told the Dallas Morning News: ‘This is what they fear – the black man. This is what America fears.’
Yafeuh Balogun of the Huey P Newton Gun Club added: ‘It’s a people’s victory here in South Dallas today.’
The Bureau of American Islamic Relations, or BAIR, rallies against what it calls radical Islam.
In a Facebook post about the counter-protest, one of the organizers wrote: ‘We have decided to Protest the Nation of Islam for promoting violence against Americans openly and publicly. This is NOT about color of skin, not a white vs black thing, (not for us anyway).
‘This is about RADICAL ISLAM. They have threatened to continue killing Cops, Random White People and their children to further their agenda of hate and dominance through violence.
‘They have teamed up with C.A.I.R. and that is unacceptable as well. We cannot stand by while all these different Anti American, Arab radical Islamists team up with Nation of Islam/Black Panthers and White anti American Anarchist groups, joining together in the goal of destroying our Country and killing innocent people to gain Dominance through fear
‘We will be going in full gear for self defense only. This is a full gear situation, We have a comprehensive security plan for this
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