Muslim Women Barred From Amusment Park Rides Because Of Head Scarves; Leads To Police Scuffle
“The incident erupted when some of the women tried to gain entry on rides that prohibit any kind of headwear, such as hats, scarves and flowing material, which would include hijabs,” according to a statement from the [Westchester Countdy] executive’s office. “The tour operator, the Muslim American Society of New York, had been notified well in advance of today’s event-numerous times both in writing and verbally-the county’s policy on headgear for certain rides at the amusement park.”
The patrons were offered refunds, the statement said, but then some men and women started arguing with each other, the statement said, “to the point that park security had to intervene. In the course of restoring calm, two park rangers suffered injuries and had to be taken to a nearby hospital.”
The park, Rye Playland, had to be temporarily shut down.
Witnesses at the scene say a pair of girls confronted security personnel about the issue and one of the girls ended up on the ground in handcuffs. A group of men intervened and that is when things got out of control.
But some of the members of the group said that the rangers and the cops overreacted.Click here for reuse options!
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