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Memphis police ramp up security for KKK rally

March 29th, 2013 9:57 am by ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The police chief says security will be heavy at a weekend Ku Klux Klan Rally in Memphis, where the white supremacists plan to protest the renaming of three Confederate parks.


Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said Klan members will be fenced off from the anticipated crowd of anti-Klan protesters and will be bused to and from the rally site in front of the Shelby County courthouse in downtown Memphis on Saturday.


A North Carolina-based faction of the Klan received a protest permit after the City Council voted to change the names of Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, Jefferson Davis Park and Confederate Park.


City officials hope that the protest does not turn violent. A section of the downtown area will be closed off and loaded with officers.

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