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Arab International Festival in Michigan draws thousands of visitors, a few protest Islam

June 17, 2012 - 4:56 PM

DEARBORN, Mich. - The 2012 Arab International Festival has drawn thousands of visitors to the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, as well as attracting some anti-Muslim protesters.

The festival opened Friday and ends Sunday in Dearborn, a community with large Arab-American and Muslim populations. About 300,000 people in southeastern Michigan have roots in the Arab world.

The festival includes concerts by more than a dozen Arab musicians and a range of Middle Eastern foods and products.

A number of Christian missionaries have picketed the festival. One brought a pig's head Friday.

One group called the Bible Believers held signs saying "Islam is a religion of blood and murder" and "Muhammad is a ... liar."

The Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/LeAf99 ) says horse-mounted Wayne County sheriff's deputies kept young Arab Americans away from the protesters.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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