Amusement park, Rye Playland was shut down Tuesday after cops scuffled with Muslims upset that women wearing head scarves were barred from the rides, witnesses said.
Fifteen people, including three women, were charged with disorderly conduct and assault in the chaos, authorities said.
The Westchester County park was packed with Muslims celebrating a Muslim holiday marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramada — the holiday that is getting annoying.
One woman, Entisai Ali, began arguing with cops over the amusement park’s head scarf, or hijab, rule, according to regular American, non-troublemaking non backpack bomb wearing people.
The ban, which is not Muslim specific, was imposed about 3 years ago mostly to prevent hats from falling onto the tracks of roller coasters and other rides, park officials said.
“The cops started getting loud with her and she started getting loud, too. They pushed her on the ground and arrested her,” Meawad said.
Her cousin, Kareem Meadwad, 17, went to try to protect the woman and was beaten by cops and also arrested, she added. Her brother, Issam, 20, was pushed to the ground and taken into custody when he tried to help his cousin, she said.
“She just wanted to get on a ride. That was it,” Dena Meawad said of the initial confrontation. “It’s clear, this all happened because we’re Muslim.” <—-We refuse to follow rules because we’re living ihthe 11th century.
John Hodges, chief inspector of Westchester County Public Safety, and a guy who never hijacked a plane or tried to kill and Christian or Jews in his life, insisted that police did not use excessive force.
He said up to 100 cops from surrounding departments converged on the park.
Two park rangers were injured in the melee, prompting felony assault charges against two people arrested, officials said.
The ugly incident happened just after 1 p.m. The event was organized by the Muslim American Society of New York — and attracted 3,000 Muslims from Brooklyn, Queens, theBronx and Westchester County. Hey! What the f**k is the deal with all these Muslims?
Ali’s sister, said her husband, brother and father were all tackled by cops and put into handcuffs when they tried to help her sister.
Alrabah said she was unaware of the head-scarf rule until she and her sister tried to get on the park’s Dragon Coasters.
“We requested a refund and all of a sudden an argument became a riot,” Alrabah said. “Cops came. They were hitting my brother, my dad. My husband was on the floor and they were handcuffing him.
She said her 4-year-old son was “traumatized” by seeing his father arrested. He was not however traumatized by the fact that his mother and her family behaved like savage retards.
“They treated us like animals, like we were nothing,” Alrabah said. “They came with their dogs and sticks. We came to have fun.” “We came to hijack the roller coaster”
‘It’s clear, this all happened because we’re Muslim,’ says Dena Meawad. (Norman Y. Lono for NY Daily News)
The park was closed for about two hours because of the fracas. It reopened at about 6 p.m.
The deputy commissioner of Westchester County Parks, said the Muslim American Society of New York was warned in advance of the rule barring head scarves on rides for safety reasons.
“Part of our rules and regulations, which we painstakingly told them over and over again, is that certain rides you cannot wear any sort of headgear,” Tartaglia said. “It’s a safety issue for us on rides, it could become a projectile.”
Many Muslims were given refunds as they left the park disappointed.
“In this heightened state of Islamaphobia, a woman wearing a hajib is an easy target these days,” said Zead Ramadan, president of the Couuncil on Islamic-American Relations. “Unfortunately, this turned ugly due to a lot of miscommunication.” <—-Yes, they would not let her on the ride because everybody is afraid of Muslims — yeah, right!