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Protesters a no-show – but United4Love counter-protesters still rally – at site of San Bernardino terrorist attack

By in Press Enterprise on November 18, 2017

By Beau Yarbrough

It was a counter-protest without a protest to counter.

More than a dozen people rallied in San Bernardino at Orange Show Road and Waterman Avenue for the #United4Love3 protest. The rally was set up across the street from the Inland Regional Center, the site of the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, where 14 people were killed.

The memorial at the Inland Regional Center is smaller, just two weeks short of the two-year anniversary of the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack, but the dead are still remembered here.

— Beau Yarbrough ⌚️🐶 (@LBY3) November 18, 2017

The protest was intended to be a counterweight to a rumored ACT for America protest. The group, which describes itself on its Twitter page as the “nation’s largest grassroots organization devoted to promoting national security and defeating terrorism,” has been accused of being Islamophobic. The two perpetrators of the Dec. 2, 2015, terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center were an Islamic American and his Pakistani immigrant wife.

“This is the third time we’re having this gathering,” said Tahil Sharma, of United4Love.

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In June, an ACT for America protest at the Inland Regional Center turned violent, when hundreds of protesters and counter-protesters clashed.

But Saturday was quiet, as was a Sept. 9 United4Love rally in Upland at which no protesters showed up to counter-protest against.

That was fine with organizers on Saturday.

Tahil Sharma of United4Love explains the purpose of today’s counter-protest near the Inland Regional Center.

— Beau Yarbrough ⌚️🐶 (@LBY3) November 18, 2017

Claremont resident Sharma has participated in all three United4Love events, he said.

“We’re here to protest fascism, we’re here to protest hate and bigotry, and we’re […]    

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