Members of a Maryland Ku Klux Klan group are hoping to hold a rally next month on the Gettysburg battlefields. According to the Associated Press, the group plans to protest U.S. immigration policies, and President Obama’s administration.
Before coming to Maryland, the group says it will first protest this Saturday on the Antietam National Battlefield. It has already received a permit to hold the gathering at a farm near the battlefield. The Superintendent of the park says the park implemented free-speech permits in 2006, when the Klan first demonstrated on the battlefield.
Superintendent Susan Trail says, “Under our laws and policies, and frankly under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, all citizens have the right to speak freely and assemble peaceably on public lands such as national parks.”
So far, the group has not applied for a permit to rally in Gettysburg. Despite that, park officials are already asking local police departments to have transport vehicles ready, just in case there are multiple arrests.