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Protesters gather at Villa Park City Hall, decry anti-Muslim comments by councilwoman

March 22, 2011 |  9:23 pm

Villa Park protest Protesters gathered outside the Villa Park City Hall on Tuesday to decry comments made by a councilwoman last month at a Muslim event in Yorba Linda, according to a KTLA report.  

The protesters carried American flags and chanted, "I am a Muslim, I am not a terrorist."

They were referring to comments made by Councilwoman Deborah Pauly, who characterized Muslims as evil.

Pauly also said U.S. Marines were "helping these terrorists make an early meeting in Paradise," according to video footage of last month's  event for the Islamic Circle of North American Relief USA.

Deborah Pauly "Make no bones about it, that is pure unadulterated evil," Pauly said in the video as she motioned in the direction of the building hosting the benefit event. "I don't even care if you think I'm crazy anymore."

Protest organizer Nadia Hassan told KTLA that Pauly was "perpetrating hate in our city." He called on her to retract her statement and offer a public apology.

Also Tuesday, a San Pedro man pleaded not guilty to a charge of threatening Pauly on Facebook in response to her comments at the benefit.

RELATED:

Man pleads not guilty to charge that he threatened councilwoman who protested Muslim gathering in O.C.

Photos: (Top) Protesters at Villa Park City Hall. Credit: KTLA. (Bottom) Councilwoman Deborah Pauly. Credit: City of Villa Park.

-- Robert J. Lopez
Twitter: @LAJourno

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