Robed Ku Klux Klansmen, some armed with clubs, marched peacefully in Decatur, Ala., on Saturday to assert white supremacy, while 10 times their number of blacks paraded aferward to protest rape charges against a black.
Hours later, the head of the Ku Klux Klan in Arkansas, Randy Howard, was arrested Saturday night and taken away by police about two hours before he was to kick off an organizational meeting. Five others also were arrested, but police refused to identity them.
Howard and another man were handcuffed and led away by state police after a brief fight in which Howard's peaked hat was ripped off as the Klan demonstrated along a busy street near the Little Rock campus of the University of Arkansas. Howard was released in time to attend the rally.
The arrests occurred after about 30 Klansmen, clad in white robes and peaked hats and carrying signs, walked to University Avenue where they lined one side of the street. The Klansmen shouted "White Power" to passing motorists.
About 300 persons gathered to protest the Klan meeting in the auditorium. Some carried signs protesting the organization which said, "Death to the Klan," "Fight Racism," and "Ku Klux Klan, Scum of the Land."