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Protestors Clash at Villa Park Council Meeting

Hundreds of People Demonstrated at Villa Park City Hall Tuesday Night. Some Shouted Their Support, but Most Condemned a Villa Park Councilwoman over Remarks she Made in February Which Many Have Interpreted as Anti-Muslim

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    Two groups faced off before a Villa Park City Council meeting Tuesday, some supporting and others condemning remarks made earlier by a Villa Park Councilwoman which some have interpreted as anti-Muslim.

    Deputies kept watch Tuesday night in Villa Park as free speech proponents by the hundreds rallied at City Hall, reacting to comments made by City Councilwoman Deborah Pauly outside a Muslim charity event last month.

    Councilwoman Pauly listened as speakers alternately blasted her or sang her praises, about a video they saw on YouTube, newspaper websites and even Al Jazeera television.

    Protestors Clash at Villa Park Council Meeting

    [LA] Protestors Clash at Villa Park Council Meeting
    Two groups faced off before a Villa Park City Council meeting Tuesday, some supporting and others condemning remarks made earlier by a Villa Park Councilwoman which some have interpreted as anti-Muslim. Muslim groups want the Villa Park City Council to censure Councilwoman Deborah Pauly for statements she made at a protest in February. (Published Tuesday, March 22, 2011)

    "I know quite a few marines who will be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise," said Councilwoman Deborah Pauly at a rally during an Islamic Circle of North America fund-raiser Feb. 13th.

    Pauly has not backed down from those remarks.

    Last week the Villa Park Council did act.

    "Reinforcing folks right to free speech, including the rights of elected officials to free speech, so no action tonight," states Lori Sassoon, Villa Park City Manager on Tuesday night.

    27 year old Paul Dean Andrews of San Pedro was arraigned Tuesday on charges of threatening Councilwoman Pauly on Facebook.

    Tuesday night Protesters said they don't condone violence, just the exchange of ideas.