KKK members met by hundreds of protesters at rally in Madison, Ind.
Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies sectioned off the KKK to one area of the park while protesters were kept to the other side.
MADISON, Ind. (WDRB) – The Ku Klux Klan rallied in Madison, Indiana Saturday afternoon at Fireman’s Park over bullying and drug abuse, but the extremist group wasn't met without resistance.
Protesters said they couldn't just stand by and listen to a message filled with undertones of hate.
“What do we want? Peace! When do we want it? Now!” The protesters chanted. “United we stand, hand in hand.”
Hundreds of the protesters outnumber about a dozen KKK members as the group inconspicuously arrived for its rally.
“I think we surprised some folks, we're not hiding our faces today,” Klan member Larry Philmore said.
Numerous officers with Indiana State Police, Madison Police, and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office came prepared. The KKK was sectioned off to one area and those rallying against them were on the other side of the park and across the street.
After The Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer the Klan shared its message on bullies and drug abuse.
“Stand up to these bullies in your schools, even if it means to fight back by kicking their a** old school style,” Philmore said.
“Let's stop bullying by violence. Our kids need to get black eyes for violence. That's not a good message to stop bullying,” said Jim Helton, Tri-State Free Thinkers president.
“We will take back America, one crack head at a time, if it means putting our foot in their a**,” Philmore said.
“There's underlying racist and bigotry and underlying tones of negative messages,” said Hanover College student Kendra Kramer.
During the rally some chanted and held signs that read "Take a stand against the Klan" and “Love Wins."
Others were left with questions they may never get answered.
“Somebody hated me because of my skin? I don't know why, because it’s just something I don't understand,” Hanover student Samuel Pyle said.
After the rally the two sides came face to face with police officers as the buffer. Neither side backing down on their beliefs.
“We will not stop. The Klan is on the rise like never before,” said KKK Imperial Wizard Richard Preston.
“Our message here is the KKK is not a true representation of our community,” Kramer said.
Law enforcement said they were prepared for the worst, but hoping for the best. They said that’s what happened as no violence broke out during the rally.
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