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US Pastor Launches Anti-Islam Demonstration in Michigan


Pastor Terry Jones, right, Dearborn, Mich., April 22, 2011 (file photo)

Pastor Terry Jones, right, Dearborn, Mich., April 22, 2011 (file photo)

Witnesses say U.S. pastor Terry Jones' anti-Islam rally in the state of Michigan Friday night was cut short by loud counter-demonstrators, who heavily outnumbered his supporters.

The controversial pastor from the state of Florida returned to Dearborn, home to a large Muslim community, where a jury denied his request last week to protest in front of the Islamic Center of North America.

The Detroit Free Press newspaper said Jones lashed out against Islam and President Barack Obama on the steps of Dearborn's city hall before being escorted away by police, following a heated exchange with counter-demonstrators.

Police in riot gear arrested at least two people.

Last month, Jones burned a Quran, the Muslim holy book, sparking several days of deadly protests in Afghanistan. Jones, who heads a small fundamentalist church in Florida denied responsibility for the violence.

tnesses say U.S. pastor Terry Jones' anti-Islam rally in the state of Michigan Friday night was cut short by loud counter-demonstrators, who heavily outnumbered his supporters.

The controversial pastor from the state of Florida returned to Dearborn, home to a large Muslim community, where a jury denied his request last week to protest in front of the Islamic Center of North America.

The Detroit Free Press newspaper said Jones lashed out against Islam and President Barack Obama on the steps of Dearborn's city hall before being escorted away by police, following a heated exchange with counter-demonstrators.

Police in riot gear arrested at least two people.

Last month, Jones burned a Quran, the Muslim holy book, sparking several days of deadly protests in Afghanistan. Jones, who heads a small fundamentalist church in Florida denied responsibility for the violence.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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