Tense situation at anti-Islam "freedom of speech" demonstration in Phoenix, Arizona

A large crowd is gathering at a mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, where a “freedom of speech” demonstration is beginning in response to a recent attack in Texas. Organizers urged protesters to bring weapons and “draw Mohammed.” Protesters and counter-protesters are gathered and police are using barricades to separate the two groups.

Advice For Travellers

To minimize safety risk, avoid the area of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix and the Washington Park area at 23rd Avenue and Ocotillo Road, Phoenix, Arizona.