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Staten Island Muslims say Rye Playland rules banning head scarves are discriminatory
by Tom Wrobleski
Staten Island Muslims expressed outrage today when 15 people, including one from Staten Island, were arrested yesterday following a brawl that broke out when Muslim women were ordered to remove their religious head coverings before getting on amusement park rides at Rye Playland in Westchester County.
The Islander, Kareem Meawad, 17, was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct, officials said. All the arrestees were released and were set to meet with an attorney today.
Westchester officials released no further information about Meawad, but a published report said that he was beaten by cops and arrested after coming to the aid of a woman who was pushed to the ground by police.
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