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Crowds face off at Ground Zero
At Helmsley Square, a Peruvian immigrant named Ercilia U. Mora, a medical analyst from New York, held up a sign that said "Muslims - Have their own agenda -- don't trust them!" She and a compatriot quickly got into a shouting match with a passerby, Carol Wong.
Wong defended the Muslim group's right to build the center and said, "God is the God of love."
Mora's compatriot said to Wong, heatedly, "They've got no business being down there. It's wrong to put the mosque down there. This is a sacred place!"
A police officer then came by and broke up the shouting match.
Mora later said she was against building the mosque as well. "Build it somewhere else," She said. "This is a sacred place."
Seventy-one percent of Americans oppose the idea of a mosque being built so close to Ground Zero, according to a recent CBS poll.
Terry Jones, the controversial Gainesville Florida pastor who threatened to burn the Koran, is in New York. But he was not spotted any the afternoon's anti-mosque rallies.
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told CNN Saturday morning that police met Jones at the airport Friday night when he arrived and would be keeping a close watch on him throughout the day. The pastor told NBC Saturday he would not be burning any Korans.