Islamic Center protests over the weekend: What you should know

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Protesters squared off at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati Saturday.

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The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati protests on Saturday's open house

Protesters on Saturday stood outside Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati during an open house there.

Here’s what you need to know about the incident:

Two groups of protesters were at the open house. One group was opposing Islam and Sharia law, while the other was made up of counter-protesters responding to the first group and claiming they supported anti-fascism.

Fighting did not break out. During the protests, members of both sides tried to block each other and shout over the others, but no fighting broke out.

This was not the only protest. Islamic law protests and marches went on in more than two dozen cities across the nation over the weekend. Some of the key protests were in Portland, Ore., after a fatal stabbing there.

Local police enforcement monitored the situation. Police were present throughout the day to help ensure peaceful protest. Several warnings were issued, but no arrests were made.

ACT for America organized the protest rallies across the country. ACT was the main protest group over the weekend, claiming Shariah law was 'incompatible with western democracy and its freedoms' along with Muslims wanting Shariah to replace American law.

Protests were held during an open house. The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati held an open house as a part of the "Know Your Neighbor" effort to help the community grow.

The Islamic Center took care of the protesters. Water and snacks were provided by the Islamic center for the protesters despite the messages they aimed towards the center.

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Anti-Islamic and Shariah law protestors demonstrated Saturday at the main enterance of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in West Chester Township and were met by self-described antifacist counter-demonstrators. MICHAEL D. CLARK/STAFF

Anti-Islamic and Shariah law protestors demonstrated Saturday at the main enterance of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in West Chester Township and were met by self-described antifacist counter-demonstrators. MICHAEL D. CLARK/STAFF
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Anti-Islamic and Shariah law protestors demonstrated Saturday at the main enterance of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in West Chester Township and were met by self-described antifacist counter-demonstrators. MICHAEL D. CLARK/STAFF

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