AUSTIN (KXAN) — About 100 demonstrators gathered Friday afternoon at the Nueces Mosque near the University of Texas at Austin campus to show their support for the Muslim community.
The group protested suggestions that Muslim-Americans be required to register with and be tracked by the federal government. The idea has been put forward by surrogates of President-elect Donald Trump.
“He made a comment about how us Muslims should report to him and tell him whatever terrorist activities are going on, it’s just like, we’re not all terrorists,” Arisha Mirza said.
At 1:30 p.m., during the break between prayer sessions, Sheikh Umer, the imam of the mosque, addressed those gathered.
The event was organized by Muslim Solidarity ATX, which describes itself as “a diverse group of compassionate Austinites who have newly formed in response to the election of Donald Trump, who campaigned on a platform of singling out and banning Muslims from the USA.”