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KKK rallies in Seminole County

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

October 18, 2008

DONALSONVILLE, GA (WALB) - The 29th annual Harvest Festival is being held in Donalsonville Saturday, but right down the street, protests were the focus.

Members of the Georgia Knight Riders and Mississippi White Knights rallied in protest of illegal immigration, sex offenders and the removal of prayer in schools. "Wake up, Georgia and stop this Latino invasion now," said the Imperial Wizard of the Georgia Knight Riders, Jeff Jones.

A group of about twenty dressed in mostly white robes and pointed hats gathered on the courthouse lawn to protest illegal immigration. "There's over 338 billion dollars being used on illegal immigrants in this country today," said Jones.

A rowdy crowd listened, some in disbelief, as KKK flags blew and the Georgia Knight Riders and Mississippi White Knights held their demonstration. "We are to busy paying welfare for migrant races," said Jones.

"I had thought this had passed, this had passed us, especially in this kind of era. People typically normally gets along," said Calvin Brown, Jr.

Georgia state troopers, deputies, probation and correction officers were on hand to make sure the protest was peaceful. "Nearly one million sex crimes are committed by illegal immigrants in the United States," said Jones.

"The Constitution gives them and any other group the right to peacefully assemble with the first amendment right of the freedom of speech," said Seminole County Sheriff, Dale Swanner.

But those in the crowd made sure to let the Klansmen know their message of hate was not welcomed in Seminole county. "I hope it's a learning experience. I hope they all realize that the time of ignorance has passed," said Brown. 

"Seminole county is a peaceful county. We've never had racial tension. We've never had racial problems. I don't see any after this," said Swanner. And they expect this message of hate to leave with the robed visitors who brought it.

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