Fight breaks out at anti-Sharia protest

An anti-Sharia protest in Seattle turned violent on Saturday after a fight broke out between demonstrators and counter-protesters.

The protest in Seattle was among dozens of demonstrations that took place across the country on Saturday. The so-called "March Against Sharia" was organized by ACT for America, a right-wing grassroots organization labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Muslim group.

The "March Against Sharia" is aimed at opposing what ACT for American perceives as the spread of Islamic law in the United States. Counter-protesters and civil rights advocates gathered in some cities to push back against the marches.

It wasn't immediately clear what prompted the clash between protesters and counter-protesters in Seattle, and the violence appeared to subside relatively quickly. 

Hate crimes against Muslims surged last year, rising about 67 percent over 2014, according to an FBI report. Some have blamed Trump's harsh rhetoric on Islam for the uptick in anti-Muslim activity, arguing that the president has normalized such behavior.

As a presidential candidate, Trump argued that "Islam hates" the U.S. and proposed placing a temporary ban on all foreign Muslims from entering the country. He has since signed two executive orders aimed to bar citizens from certain Muslim-majority countries from coming to the U.S., though both have been stalled in court.