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KKK Group Holds Rally in Washington County

Eight robed members of the Klu Klux Klan, plus about 12 of their supporters, gathered at the Antietam National Battlefield Saturday to publicly voice their opinions.
SHARPSBURG, Md. - Eight robed members of the Klu Klux Klan, plus about 12 of their supporters, gathered at the Antietam National Battlefield today to publicly voice their opinions.

“The Klu Klux Klan had applied for a permit and it was granted,” said Sgt. Paul Brooks of the United States Park Police. “They're here today to exercise their first amendment right."


The KKK group spoke mainly about illegal immigrants, saying they should not be welcomed into the country. They also criticized President Obama by claiming he is most likely not a legal citizen.

The United States Park Police was at the Battlefield with dozens of officers on duty. Police say the last time the KKK held a rally there was in 2006.

"The United States Park Police was requested in 2006 and again today to assist the National Park Service with
this," said Brooks.

They say this year's turnout was lower, with less than 10 robed Klan members as opposed to fewer than 20 in
2006.

Members of the KKK who were at the Battlefield say they want to hold another rally in
Gettysburg next month.
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