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Fifteen people were arrested and the entrance to Playland was closed Tuesday afternoon after a dispute at the park involving religious dress.
Police from multiple departments from throughout Westchester County were called in for assistance.
The dispute broke out at about 2:30 p.m. near the park’s entrance between police and members of the Muslim American Society of New York, according to Peter Tartaglia, deputy commissioner of Westchester County Parks. Fighting began when they were told they would be denied access to certain rides if they wore religious garb, Tartaglia said.
At least 60 police vehicles from eight surrounding departments quickly arrived at the park and park visitors say they thought that as many as 20 or more people were taken away from the park by police.
Members of the Muslim American Society of New York said they were at the park today for a group visit, with members from Yonkers, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. There were 3,000 members of the tour group, comprising half of the 6,000 patrons that visited Playland on Tuesday.
The group was at the park celebrating Eid ul-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast), which marks the end of Ramadan. The holiday lasts for three days and includes celebrations with prayers, sweets and presents for children, and community festivities.
Members were are at the park gates shortly after the incident, noting that they had not been able to get information about the status of friends and relatives. Members of the group said they were discussing what to do next — whether they should stay at the entrance to the park or leave.
“They just want to make our life a nightmare for no reason,” said Akram Farghlay, while waiting outside.
Akram Ghadami, a member of the group, said they came to Playland to have fun and celebrate the holiday.
“We shouldn’t be treated that way,” Ghadami said. “We have a right to have a little fun like everyone else. Why are they making a big deal about this?”
“For some reason, they think everyone in there is a terrorist,” Ghadami said.
The WikiLeaks website has fallen victim to an apparent cyber attack after the accelerated publication of tens of thousands of state department cables by the anti-secrecy organisation raised fresh concerns about the exposure of confidential US embassy sources.
“WikiLeaks.org is presently under attack,” the group said on Twitter late on Tuesday. One hour later, the site and the cables posted there were inaccessible.
WikiLeaks updated its Twitter account to say it was “still under a cyberattack” and directed followers to search for cables on a mirror site or a separate search system, cablegatesearch.net.
The apparent cyber attack comes after current and former US officials said the recently released cables – and concerns over the protection of sources – are creating a fresh source of diplomatic setbacks and embarrassment for the Obama administration. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.
UPDATE: The site appears to be open now - last night I was unable to access the site at all - my request just hung as though they were being DDoS’ed.