Members of a branch of the Ku Klux Klan are planning a protest in Memphis, Tennessee, this month, after the city's council voted to strip the name of a former Klan member from a public park.
The Loyal White Knights of the KKK called for the demonstration after the city council voted to rename the Nathan Bedford Forrest Park in Memphis. Forrest was a lieutenant general in the Confederate army and an early KKK member.
At a 1998 rally by Klansmen in Memphis, police fired teargas at angry anti-KKK protesters. But the event on 30 March could yet be thwarted, after the city council voted on Tuesday to ban protesters from wearing masks and costumes during demonstrations.
The "rally events" section of the Loyal White Knights website summoned members to a "public march for Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue".
"They are renaming the park and also removing his remains," the statement said, in block capitals. "We are asking all good klans to join us in the fight. Join Loyal White Knights and the Northern Mississippi White Knights and International Keystone Knights for this event."
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