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Klan and Skinheads Jeered, Cheered in Maryland March

September 27, 1992

ELKTON, Md. (AP) _ About 60 Klansmen and skinheads who went to court for the right to march through Elkton paraded through the downtown Saturday, prompting both jeers and cheers.

Police in riot gear stood between the marchers and a crowd of about 1,000 black and white spectators. No arrests were reported.

″What do we want? White power 3/8 When do we want it? Right now 3/8″ some of the marchers yelled.

Chester Doles, grand dragon of the Maryland Invisible Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, said the march was to protest drug dealing along the mile-long parade route through a mostly black neighborhood.

But some of the blacks along the parade route taunted the marchers and accused the Klansmen of using drugs.

About 70 blacks and whites held a unity rally at a nearby church.

The Klan won a lawsuit earlier this year in federal court granting it the right to march in Elkton.

The Maryland American Civil Liberties Union went to court this spring on behalf of the Klan after the city refused to grant a parade permit.

Elkton, with a population just over 9,000, is 8 percent black. It is about 50 miles northeast of Baltimore.

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