White Knights Chapter Moves Event After Hundreds Of Counterprotesters Show Up
IT'S HAPPENING. KKK just came through Roxboro. Battle flags & shouting "WHITE POWER!" pic.twitter.com/rcjHbmUUiR— Natalie A. Janicello (@natalie_allison) December 3, 2016
The Ku Klux Klan planned a victory parade for Donald Trump in North Carolina on Saturday.
The Loyal White Knights of Pelham, North Carolina — one of the largest KKK groups in the country — initially planned the parade for 9 a.m. in the small town on the Virginia border, according to the Times News.
However, the KKK chapter rescheduled the event after hundreds of counterprotesters showed up. Times-News reporter Natalie Janicello said the KKK organizers blamed a "snafu" — or "situation normal all fucked up."
Update: parade has been moved to this afternoon, according to the Loyal White Knights. Still haven't said what the snafu is.— Natalie A. Janicello (@natalie_allison) December 3, 2016
Janicello later reported on Twitter that the parade had been moved to nearby Roxboro at 3 p.m. She captured the above footage of what appears to be KKK members driving through Roxboro.
Just followed them downtown. Lady leaned out the window at me and tailed "Hail victory." Flying Christian and Trump flags also.— Natalie A. Janicello (@natalie_allison) December 3, 2016
Janicello said she was unable to keep up with the KKK members because they were getting an escort from the North Carolina Highway Patrol. It's unclear whether Janicello's footage is the parade itself, or whether participants were traveling to another location to stage their event.
Meanwhile, hundreds of counterprotesters gathered in Charlotte for a "March For Love” in response to the KKK on Saturday morning. Another counterprotest took place in Danville, Virginia.
More from Twitter below.
So far #Pelham, by the numbers:— Justin Cohen (@juscohen) December 3, 2016
1) counter protestors (~150)
2) press (25)
3) uniformed cops (12)
4) undercover cops (3)
5) KKK Members (0)
Right now in Danville Va pic.twitter.com/R7g8yh4MuH— Fadel (@Fadelll) December 3, 2016
Hundreds of reporters & protestors are waiting at a couple spots in Pelham for KKK parade. Neon hats are legal observers. pic.twitter.com/CojXhUETle— Natalie A. Janicello (@natalie_allison) December 3, 2016
THAT was their march? Jesus Christ, my tiny rural town's Christmas parade takes ten times longer and it has cute dogs. https://t.co/d5Qg2mO4yV— Savage Werewombat (@UrsulaV) December 3, 2016
God damnit. Well, at least the cowards had to spend half the day running around the state hiding from protesters. Hardly a "victory parade." https://t.co/4zxrtL5sxq— Lucy Idaya (@LucyIdaya) December 3, 2016
Incredibly pathetic, cowardly showing from a moribund hate group that loves to talk a big game on the Internet. https://t.co/cuKRI8bWyb— Bronwen Dickey (@BronwenDickey) December 3, 2016
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