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Questions Remain After Head Scarf Brawl At Rye Playland

by Zara Golden 5:32 pm, August 31st, 2011

Rye Playland was shutdown and fifteen people were arrested for disorderly conduct yesterday after a fight broke out between police and a group park patrons who were upset that a group of Muslim women were barred from certain rides because of their headscarves.

The Muslim American Society of New York had organized a trip for about 3,000 to celebrate the end of Ramandan. The day turned when a group of women who were wearing Hijabs became upset when they were told by the Dragon Rollercoaster operator that they would have to remove their Hijabs before boarding.

Citing safety reasons, the park has banned “headgear” on certain rides. The rule was put in place three years ago, mostly to prevent hats from falling onto the tracks, and it is not Muslim specific. For one group of girls, however, this did not suffice.


Added: Sep-1-2011 Occurred On: Sep-1-2011
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Tags: Rye Playland, amusement park, brawl, scuffle, disorderly conduct, 15 arrested, Muslim American Society of New York, Muslims
Location: Rye, New York, United States (load item map)
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