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Hijab-Wearing 'Flash Mob' Invades RightOnline

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A spokesperson for the group of women told TPM they weren't sure of the identity of the man responsible for the Thursday incident -- when two hijab-wearing women were followed by a man with a cell phone camera who reportedly asked them why they were dressed the way they were "in America" -- but rumors that the incident involved an employee of conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart were rampant at Netroots.

It was partially a confrontation over those rumors that caused the Breitbart kerfuffle at Netroots Friday.

The women who arrived at RightOnline were Netroots attendees, and were accompanied by blogger John Aravosis and gay rights advocate/provocateur Dan Choi.

The spokesperson for the "flash mob," Allison Nevitt, told TPM that there was a larger message to their protest beyond the Thursday incident, which Nevitt said had been reported to Minneapolis police.

"The point was mostly that Muslim women are an equal part of this nation, and that we have an equal right to exist here," Nevitt said.

Following that, Nevitt and the rest of the flash mobbers were escorted out of RightOnline by hotel security.