Muslims start Riot at Rye Playland.

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  1. Bro

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    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/new-yor...e-playland-over-amusement-park-123309825.html


    Rye Playland was shut down Tuesday after cops scuffled with Muslims upset that women wearing head scarves were barred from the rides, witnesses said.

    Fifteen people, including three women, were charged with disorderly conduct and assault in the chaos, authorities said.

    The Westchester County park was packed with Muslims celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr - the holiday marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

    One woman, Entisai Ali, began arguing with cops over the amusement park's head scarf, or hijab, rule, said Dena Meawad, 18, of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

    The ban, which is not Muslim specific, was imposed about 3 years ago mostly to prevent hats from falling onto the tracks of roller coasters and other rides, park officials said.

    "The cops started getting loud with her and she started getting loud, too. They pushed her on the ground and arrested her," Meawad said.

    Her cousin, Kareem Meawad, 17, went to try to protect the woman and was beaten by cops and also arrested, she added. Her brother, Issam Meawad, 20, was pushed to the ground and taken into custody when he tried to help his cousin, she said.

    "She just wanted to get on a ride. That was it," Dena Meawad said of the initial confrontation. "It's clear, this all happened because we're Muslim."

    John Hodges, chief inspector of Westchester County Public Safety, insisted that police did not use excessive force.

    He said up to 100 cops from surrounding departments converged on the park.

    Two park rangers were injured in the melee, prompting felony assault charges against two people arrested, officials said.

    The ugly incident happened just after 1 p.m. The event was organized by the Muslim American Society of New York, and attracted 3,000 Muslims from Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Westchester County.

    Ali's sister, Ayman Alrabah, 24, of Brooklyn said her husband, brother and father were all tackled by cops and put into handcuffs when they tried to help her sister.

    Alrabah said she was unaware of the head-scarf rule until she and her sister tried to get on the park's Dragon Coasters.

    "We requested a refund and all of a sudden an argument became a riot," Alrabah said. "Cops came. They were hitting my brother, my dad. My husband was on the floor and they were handcuffing him.

    She said her 4-year-old son was "traumatized" by seeing his father arrested.

    "They treated us like animals, like we were nothing," Alrabah said. "They came with their dogs and sticks. We came to have fun."

    'It's clear, this all happened because we're Muslim,' says Dena Meawad. (Norman Y. Lono for NY Daily News)

    The park was closed for about two hours because of the fracas. It reopened at about 6 p.m.

    Peter Tartaglia, deputy commissioner of Westchester County Parks, said the Muslim American Society of New York was warned in advance of the rule barring head scarves on rides for safety reasons.

    "Part of our rules and regulations, which we painstakingly told them over and over again, is that certain rides you cannot wear any sort of headgear," Tartaglia said. "It's a safety issue for us on rides, it could become a projectile."

    Many Muslims were given refunds as they left the park disappointed.

    "In this heightened state of Islamaphobia, a woman wearing a hajib is an easy target these days," said Zead Ramadan, president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations - New York. "Unfortunately, this turned ugly due to a lot of miscommunication."


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    Photos: Top: Police respond to Rye Playland on Tuesday (Norman Y. Lono for NY Daily News)

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    Bottom: 'It's clear, this all happened because we're Muslim,' says Dena Meawad. (Norman Y. Lono for NY Daily News)
     
  2. Sally B

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    What a terrible end to Ramadan. :facepalm:
     
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    Hi bro
     
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    What's up?
     
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    I say ban any headscarf-wearing turban-toting dickheads from public, period. If I was a mass murderer, and I'm not saying I'm not, I would wear something over my face to cover my identity and then scream when asked me to remove it. I'm surprised people don't do that already. Oh wait they do. They're called Muslims and they are mass murderers.:grad:
     
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    stfu
     
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    :lol: Truth hurts. :dontknow:
     
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    Where you been sex? I was worried.
     
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    You are a racist and a eugenicist.
     
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    The problem here is that people can't follow rules. They were NOT targeting muslims. They were enforcing the rules. Better than a death on one of the rides. Stupid muslims and their scarf wearing. Shoulda stayed home.
     
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    I have no problem with the group not being allowed into the park. Rules are rules. I would hate to see a young Muslim girl have her hijab get caught on something leading to an injury or worse.
     
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    I never mentioned race. :nono:
     
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    Are you stupid or something? They were allowed in the park. Just prohibited from certain rides. Which mainly is the Dragon Coaster. Which is the only reason to go to Rye Playland. That and they have a killer Burrito stand. The burrito is huge. One alone could feed a small mexican family of 5.

     
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    I say let them at their own risk, when a woman gets her head ripped off we can all giggle.
     
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    I didn't read the story or watch the video. Either way, I support the park protecting their asses from lawsuits if something happened with a loose hijab.
     
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    How about this video?

     
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    The stone age. [​IMG]

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    That's fucking stupid.
     
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  20. Bro

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    Where's my power god dammit? I need my fucking POWER!!!