Hundreds rally against violence at target of bomb plot

Hundreds rally against violence at target of bomb plot
Raed Abdelli, from Corvallis attends a rally of Muslims and non-Muslims on Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Ore., Sunday afternoon, Dec. 19, 2010, to show solidarity and to condemn acts of terrorism and violence. Abdelli and many of the others who came from Corvallis are members of the mosque that was burned after the alleged bomb plot during a tree lighting ceremony in Pioneer Courthouse Square. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Torsten Kjellstrand) MAGS OUT; NO SALES

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Several hundred people showed up for a rally against violence held Sunday at the Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland.

That's where federal authorities say a Corvallis teenager plotted to set off a bomb at a Christmas tree-lighting event.

The 19-year-old former Oregon State University student was arrested Nov. 26 after an FBI sting.

Two days later, the Corvalis Islamic Center where he sometimes attended was hit by an arsonist.

KATU-TV reports that about 300 people gathered in the square for the rally.

Some carried signs reading "Islam for Peace" and "Hate is Not Welcome Here."

More than two dozen organizations, including Christian, Jewish and Buddhist groups, sponsored the event.

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Information from: KATU-TV, http://www.katu.com/

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