Thousands visit Arab festival; some protest Islam

Dearborn hosts the Arab International Festival on Warren Avenue

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The Arab International Festival was held on Warren Ave. in Dearborn from June 15-17, 2012.

DEARBORN, Mich. - The 2012 Arab International Festival has drawn thousands of visitors to the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, as well as attracting some anti-Muslim protesters.

The festival opened Friday and ends Sunday in Dearborn, a community with large Arab-American and Muslim populations. About 300,000 people in southeastern Michigan have roots in the Arab world.

The festival includes concerts by more than a dozen Arab musicians and a range of Middle Eastern foods and products.

A number of Christian missionaries have picketed the festival. One brought a pig's head Friday.

One group called the Bible Believers held signs saying "Islam is a religion of blood and murder" and "Muhammad is a ... liar."

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