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'Ground Zero mosque' protests get messy

Demonstrators round on a black passer-by assuming him to be a Muslim in favour of the mosque.

An unidentified black man becomes the subject of demonstrations against a proposed mosque near the site of the World Trade Centre.

DEMONSTRATORS protesting against the proposed construction of a community centre that would include a mosque two blocks from the former site of the World Trade Centre have rounded on a black passer-by assuming him to be a supporter of the project.

This YouTube footage shows a black man passing by the site of a protest before being accosted by some of the demonstrators, while they shouted, ‘No Mosque Here’.

The unidentified man is later seen to attest: “[They] assumed I was an enemy of some sort. They didn’t ask my opinion, they didn’t ask who I was. I want no toruble, wanted no trouble.”

The man then confirmed he was not Muslim, but seemed to be on the verge of declaring his support for the project before being asked to move along as policemen tried to disperse the crowd.

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