Originally published by RawStory.com
An anti-Muslim hate group planned an armed protest at an African-American mosque in Dallas Texas — but it didn’t go as planned.
The group, the Bureau of American Islamic Relations, or BAIR, has made it a habit in the past to show up at mosques with firearms and intimidate worshipers. Recently BAIR showed up and was outnumbered by members of black self-defense group. In November of 2015, armed protesters stalked Muslims in Irving. In December, they again stalked Muslims at the Islamic Association of North Texas.
But on Saturday, a group that makes a show of carrying guns while they surround places of worship was met in-kind at a Nation of Islam mosque in South Dallas, “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 last week. Muhammad was armed with a large shotgun. “We won’t allow anybody to come in and try to intimidate our brothers and sisters.”
The Nation of Islam was joined by the Panthers and the Huey P. Newton Gun Club in its defense of the mosque.
“We will not allow them to come to South Dallas with arms and intimidate our people,” Yafeuh Balogun, spokesman for the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, told Fox4 last week. “We’re taking a defensive posture, but we’re not threatening anyone.” “We’re not doing sit-ins,” Krystal Muhammad told Fox4. “We’re straight-up standing up.”
“It’s a people’s victory here in South Dallas today,” he said Saturday after BAIR left without incident.