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USDayton KKK Rally: Ohio City Braces for Arrival of Honorable Sacred Knights

21:11  24 may  2019
21:11  24 may  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

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Dayton KKK Rally: Ohio City Braces for Arrival of Honorable Sacred Knights© ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images Citizens and officials in the city of Dayton, Ohio, are making final preparations for the arrival of members from the KKK-affiliated Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana and what is anticipated to be 1,000 counter-demonstrators.

Roughly 20 members of the white supremacist group, some armed and wearing face coverings, are expected to arrive in Dayton on Saturday afternoon for a legal protest in the city’s Courthouse Square.

At the same time a significantly larger demonstration, by some estimates in excess of 1,000 protestors from the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, the Antifa movement and demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter Dayton and Miami Valley Chapters, is expected to counter the KKK. A local New Black Panther Party leader has said he expects some designated members of his group to be carrying legal firearms.

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The Dayton Daily News reported that following weeks of planning by law enforcement, on Thursday workers were putting up barriers in anticipation. Signage carrying messages of unity and diversity were set to also be installed in the city Friday.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, to the east of Dayton, has told its service members to avoid Dayton’s Courthouse Square and blocks nearby around the time of the rally. An order issued by Col. David R Anzaldua, vice commander of the 88th Air Base Wing, has deemed the area “off-limits” between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Individuals living in proximity to the demonstrations have been told they must receive special dispensation to remain.

Dayton’s police department has asked the public to call 911 on Saturday if they see individuals in need of medical attention or another of the emergency services. Dayton’s bus hub is due to close Saturday along with key streets close to Courthouse Square.

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In a Thursday post, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) outlined a brief history of the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana. According to the organization, the small Madison, Indiana-based Klan group is led by Derek Dean Eaglin and Kate Nicole Eaglin. The Indiana KKK-affiliate began its activities in 2017 after the pair ended a short period with the Nordic Order Knights, a Kentucky-based Klan group.

The ADL says the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana has between 10 to 15 members. In addition to those members a “loosely affiliated collection of white supremacists” has also expressed interest in participating in Saturday’s rally in Dayton.

If, during Saturday's rally, individuals see anything suspicious they are urged to call If 333-COPS or 225-HELP (both are non-emergency numbers to Regional Dispatch).

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