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August 31, 2011

Fight breaks out at end of Ramadan celebration

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Bad times at super phun time, aka Playland Park in Rye, N.Y. A fight broke out there Tuesday and 15 people were arrested when female members of a Muslim group there to celebrate the end of Ramadan were told they couldn’t wear their head coverings on a ride. Here’s the story from The Journal News:

Three accidents on Playland rides that killed two children and a park worker between 2004 and 2007 were unrelated to clothing the victims were wearing. But the headgear ban was among safety rules that went into effect after those deaths.

“It’s a safety issue on rides. If it’s a scarf, you could choke,” Tartaglia said.

It’s unclear exactly how the fight broke out, but sounds like park officials told members of the Muslim group about the ban, which previously had been mentioned to event organizers, about the head-covering ban. “[P]ark officials were in the process of arranging refunds when members of the Muslim group got into a scuffle with each other.”

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