An anti-Mulsim hate group that planned to hold an armed protest at a mosque in South Dallas, Texas, was forced to retreat when they were unexpectedly confronted by armed Black self-defense groups and hundreds of local residents Saturday.
The Bureau of American Islamic Relations, a group known to show up at mosques with firearms, had planned one of their armed protests at a mosque in order to intimidate Muslim worshipers inside.
“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!” the event Facebook page said.
But this time they were confronted in-kind when members of the Nation of Islam were joined by armed members of the New Black Panther Party and the Huey P. Newton Gun Club as well as anti-fascist groups and local residents in defense of the mosque.
When they arrived at the mosque, they were far outnumbered and were forced to leave, as hundreds of counter-protesters swarmed the mosque's parking lot and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, vowing to defend their streets and chanting "Black Power" and "Whose streets? Our streets!"
“This is an armed defense maneuver, making sure that our communities are safe and secure from any insurgents coming in,” Krystal Muhammad of the New Black Panther Party told Fox4. Muhammad was armed with a large shotgun. “We won’t allow anybody to come in and try to intimidate our brothers and sisters.”
“It’s a people’s victory here in South Dallas today,” said Yafeuh Balogun of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, named for the founder of the original Black Panther Party.