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Locals Rallying for ‘March Against Sharia’ to Face Opposition from Counter-Protesters

ROSEVILLE -- The streets surrounding BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse will be the stage for opposing rallies Saturday.

It's part of a day of demonstrations by the non-profit ACT for America, which has planned almost 30 "Marches Against Sharia," or Islamic law, across the country. The non-profit says it's fighting for human rights and Western values and is against radical Islam.

Across the street, more than 100 counter-protesters are planning to show up for "No Hate, No Fear." The organizer of the counter-protest, the ANSWER Coalition, believes the "March Against Sharia" is anti-Muslim.

"It is vital that we show that these hateful views do not represent the people of California," the ANSWER Coalition said in a statement. "They claim to be in favor of Human Rights and yet they are silent about the thousands of innocent people killed in American air strikes or the hundreds of Islamophobic hate crimes that came after Trump's election."

Some weekend shoppers are already worried things will escalate into violence. However, the Roseville Police Department is prepared and has called in extra officers and additional agencies to step in if things get out of hand.

The Fountains at Roseville, across the street from BJ's, responded to the demonstrations.

"Fountains at Roseville management is aware of the ACT march scheduled for June 10, 2017, and is in no way associated or in support," the Fountains said in a statement. "We are taking all the necessary steps and precautions on our end to ensure a calm and peaceful day."

The demonstrations will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.