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KKK group gets permit for Gettysburg Battlefield

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Maryland-based Ku Klux Klan group has received a special use permit to gather at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon said the permit was granted to an organization known the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Baltimore-based group sought the permit for Oct. 5.

Lawhon said the group requested the permit under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which grants all citizens the rights to freedom of speech.

"As custodians of land owned by the American people, the National Park Service has a responsibility to make that land available for exercising those rights," she said in a statement.

"The National Park Service mission in preserving and protecting the historic resources at Gettysburg includes making them available to all Americans, even those whose views are contrary to the majority of the American public," she said.

Lawhon said park staff will be working to ensure that park resources and visitors will not be adversely affected by the event.

Additional law enforcement agencies will assist the park to make certain that demonstrators, visitors, and staff experience a safe atmosphere on the day of the event, she said.

 

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