About 100 members of Minnesota’s Somali community rallied on the steps of the State Capitol Saturday in support of the families of six young men accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria Midnimo reported.
Participants said they are angry because they believe the young men are not being treated as though they are innocent until proven guilty. Rally organizer Mohamud Noor also called for state leaders to step in and support the Somali community by helping to identify who may be radicalizing young people.
“This is not a problem for the Somalis. It’s a Minnesota problem. It’s a US problem. It’s a global problem,” Noor said. “We can defeat this process if we all come together.”
The crowd also heard from Ayan Farah, mother of two of the arrested men. She said the young men had never been in trouble with the law before, and pleaded for other young people to avoid the path that led to her sons’ arrests.
Group chants “Islam is Peace” and “Free our bros
Many at rally wearing shirts with images of those arrested on suspicion of trying to work for ISIS.
Dozens, including children chant, “We are not ISIS” “Stop hurting our families”