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Groups clash at rally against CAIR speakers in schools

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Tensions were high Tuesday afternoon at a rally of people opposed to having speakers from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, in Hillsborough County schools.

The Education Coalition of the group "Community Issues Council" gathered and held a press conference at Joe Chillura Park in downtown Tampa.

At the press conference, several people opposed to the group's agenda showed up with signs and bullhorns. The two groups got into heated confrontations.

The Education Coalition is opposed to having speakers from CAIR in Hillsborough County Schools because they say CAIR is tied to terrorist groups.

The Education Coalition is part of a broader coalition of groups that formed last year when a teacher invited Hassan Shibly to talk about the Muslim religion at Steinbrenner High School.

Shibly is with the Council on America Islamic Relations. At the time, Shibly said he discussed the origins of Islam and its basic principles, and said he also sought to break down stereotypes and misconceptions.

Soon after, the coalition formed to protest Shibly's visit, and went to the Hillsborough County School board, asking to ban any future visits by Muslim speakers. That coalition included the Education Coalition.

In April, The Hillsborough County School Board upheld a decision to allow religious speakers in classrooms.

FOX 13's Tanya Arja will have more on today's confrontations at 6.

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