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AP Downplays Anti-War Aspect Of KKK’s Rally

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

No major clashes as KKK rallies at Gettysburg

Sun Sep 3, 11:39 AM ET

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – About 30 members of the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan stood behind barricades on the Civil War battlefield and proclaimed hatred for blacks, Jews, homosexuals and Latinos.

KKK Imperial Wizard Gordon Young also called Saturday for the U.S. to pull its troops out of Iraq and use them to patrol the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration

More than 150 law enforcement officials patrolled the event, which drew a crowd of about 200 spectators, some of whom echoed the Klan’s calls while others jeered their rhetoric. About 30 journalists covered the event.

The World Knights obtained a permit in July for the two-hour demonstration. The National Park Service granted it under the group’s First Amendment rights to free speech.

Young’s group and other white-supremacist organizations held a similar event June 10 at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md.

Note that the purpose of the rally is primarily described as to proclaim "hatred for blacks, Jews, homosexuals and Latinos."

But that was not the announced purpose of the rally, as even the AP itself reported in its article when the KKK was granted its permit:

Ku Klux Klan wins approval to protest Iraq war

Jul. 4, 2006 10:38

The National Park Service granted a request by the Ku Klux Klan to rally and protest near the spot where a failed offensive by the Confederacy turned the tide of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Gordon Young of the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan obtained the permit Wednesday for about 100 people to participate in a Sept. 2 event on the lawn of the Cyclorama Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, near the site of Pickett’s Charge. The purpose, according to the permit, will be to oppose the Iraq war and speak on "white unity between the North and South."

The permit was granted in light of the constitutional rights of free speech and peaceable assembly, Gettysburg park superintendent John A. Latschar said in a statement yesterday. About 30 members of Young’s group and other white-supremacist organizations gathered June 10 at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md. About 30 counter-demonstrators and about 200 law enforcement officers were there, too…

And as we have reported before, David Duke and other Neo-Nazi groups have been huge fans of Cindy Sheehan from the very start:

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But the Associated Press dare not stress anything that might make its side look bad.

(Note too that the number of reporters matched that of the "demonstrators.")

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