Dearborn Police: Group Withdraws Demonstration Permit

DEARBORN, Mich. - Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said Tuesday that the group that had planned to rally outside a mosque on Friday has canceled.

In a statement, Haddad said the Fraternal Order of the Dragon had filed for a demonstration permit from the city to rally outside the Islamic Center of America. They have since withdrawn their request.

The Rev. Terry Jones, a controversial Florida pastor, was slated to attend the rally.

A burning of the Quran last month at Jones' small church in Gainesville, Fla., inflamed anti-Western sentiment in Afghanistan, inciting riots and an attack on a U.N. facility that killed seven staff workers.

City officials had expressed concern that the rally, and Jones' presence, might have sparked violence.

Haddad said he and the organization's president, Frank Fiorello, had private meetings with Dearborn Mayor John B. O?Reilly, Jr.

?I believe Frank Fiorello is a reasonable and honest individual and I am grateful that he was willing to withdraw his permit application after weighing its impact on the Dearborn community," Haddad said.

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