ELLIJAY, Ga. — Roughly 50 Ku Klux Klan members gathered today in the back parking lot of the Gilmer County Courthouse to protest U.S. immigration policies, illegal immigrants and the president.
But a crowd of more than 200 onlookers gathered across the street to watch the demonstration. Police would not allow anyone in the parking lot except Klan members.
Speakers for the Knight Riders of the Ku Klux Klan focused most of their words on immigration, hatred of Hispanic immigrants and anger at President Barack Obama.
"Mexicans need to start a revolution in their own country instead of coming here to suck up on the gravy of our hard work," one speaker said.
More than a dozen of the spectators carried signs that were in oppposition to the Klan's comments and, at times, they sang "Jesus Loves the Little Children" and chanted "Go home."
Only a handful of the spectators appeared to be Klan suppporters, cheering during the various parts of the speeches and chanting "white power."
Tiny Ellijay, about 70 miles southeast of Chattanooga, was at a standtill today for the event, as residents stood on street corners and dozens of police officers lined the streets.
Klan rallies in EllijayStaff photo by Jake Daniels/Chattanooga Times Free Press -- Sep 11, 2010 Opponents of the Ku Klux Klan's rally on Saturday move with their signs onto the sidewalk across the street from the Klansmen. The Klan held a rally outside the Gilmer County Courthouse in Ellijay, Ga., on Saturday. About forty Klansmen attended the rally. An unknown number of both supporters and opponents attended the rally and stood across the street behind police barricades.
Adam Crisp covers education issues for the Times Free Press. He joined the paper's staff in 2007 and initially covered crime, public safety, courts and general assignment topics. Prior to Chattanooga, Crisp was a crime reporter at the Savannah Morning News and has been a reporter and editor at community newspapers in southeast Georgia. In college, he led his student paper to a first-place general excellence award from the Georgia College Press Association. He earned ...