A group protesting the planned Ku Klux Klan march and rally in Washington Nov. 27 will hold counterdemonstrations at five locations but will not rally at the Klan gathering site at Lafayette Square, a National Park Service spokeswoman said yesterday.
The Alabama-based Knights of the Ku Klux Klan have been granted permits by the park service and the D.C. police to march down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House for the rally at Lafayette Square, marking the Klan's first major demonstration in Washington since 1925.
Approval of such permits is routine, park service spokesman Sandra Alley said, unless the park service has "hard evidence that there is clear or present danger or the intention of violence."
The All People's Congress, an anti-Klan coalition of labor, student, and civil rights groups, had applied for a permit at Lafayette Square, but the Klan had priority because it applied first, Alley said.
Instead, the All People's Congress will rally at McPherson Park, with a march route that includes smaller rallies at Farragut Square, Franklin Park, the Washington Monument grounds, and the Ellipse.
Klan spokesmen said they expect several hundred marchers, including many in robes and hoods.
The anti-Klan group said it is expecting several thousand counterdemonstrators.