Despite Koran burning cancellation, peaceful protests ensue in Gainesville

09/13/10 Kate Bradshaw
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Pastor Terry Jones did not burn any copies of the Muslim holy book in Gainesville Saturday, but that didn’t stop scores of peaceful demonstrators from coming to town. Amid an amped-up police presence, a reported 300 people carried signs and chanted messages of peace and tolerance across the street from Jones’s church.

University of Florida student Lila Jonas is with the sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi. She came out with her sorority sisters to stand in solidarity with Muslims.

She said the kind of bigotry that nearly went on display at the Dove World Outreach Center Saturday is unfathomable in this day and age.

The Gainesville Sun reports that Saturday’s demonstration was relatively event free. Police records reportedly show one person was arrested for trespassing on a property near the controversial church.

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