Outside city hall, almost 200 people gathered with signs and chanting in a peaceful protest over perceived injustices against their religion and freedoms.
The protest, like others, was partly in response to an online video mocking their prophet that has since gone viral and partly a cry for peace.
“This protest is not about a movie — this protest is about a story. This protest is about ending the story of hate and starting the story of love,” speaker Mahdi Qas Qas said.
Abraham Ayache called hate a plague.
He said Muslims are targeted everywhere and urged governments of all levels to make a difference and write letters and make phone calls ensuring they do.
“We are here for our right to be heard in a peaceful way, so that society understands and becomes more familiar with Islam and understands our values and our morals and what is near and dear to us,” Ayache said.
“We are here for our right to live freely in this society, and to practice our religion.”