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Anti-Jihad posters going up in DC Metro stations

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Some controversial anti-Jihad signs that sparked protests in New York subways will be going up at several DC metro stops overnight.

Metro officials went to court to try and block the ads but lost.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative will be putting them up at stations on U Street, Georgia Avenue, Takoma Park, and Glenmont before the close of business Monday.

Transit police are bracing for protests, after what happened in New York.

A woman was arrested for trying to spray paint over one of the posters at a Manhattan subway station. To some, the ads equate Muslims with savages.

They read, "In any war between civilized man and the savage, support civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

DC Metro riders are already speaking out against the move to hang the posters here.

"It's discrimination because it equates all Muslims as bad, all Jihad as bad," Fouad Francis says. "I don't approve at all."

"It's kind of a big thing to call someone a savage," Don Bell says. "Even in the name of freedom of speech.''

Adrian Merceron feels people hide behind the First Amendment too often without thinking about the consequences.

"I think they should be allowed to say it, but it's irresponsible," Merceron says.

Metro went to court after receiving what it called "verifiable" threats over the poster, and out of concern over the recent riots in Islamic nations over a California film ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed.

There's a fear that, free speech or not, the ads could trigger more violence.

"I believe that even though the posters are going up in the DC area, people around the world will know about them, and wonder why we let people say these types of things just because there is free speech," Adaobi Ikpeze says. "I think there's going to be drama."

A Metro spokeswoman says she does not expect to have any warning about just when those posters will be going up.

All she would say is that it will be before the close of business Monday.


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