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Vandals Target Klan Highway Signs

February 11, 2000

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Two signs designating a stretch of highway as adopted by the Ku Klux Klan were knocked down Friday, and a man was arrested.

The signs went up Nov. 30 on orders of a judge but were knocked down within a day. It took state transportation officials nine weeks to replace them. The signs went back up Thursday but lasted only half a day.

Christopher Bellers, 23, was arrested on charges of stealing and destruction of state property. Authorities suspect someone else took down the other sign, but no other arrests were made.

``I don’t know why there is such a hatred towards white people who simply want to say they love their heritage and love their culture,″ said Thomas Robb, national leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Klan won the right to take part in Missouri’s Adopt-A-Highway program after a federal judge ruled the state couldn’t keep the group out. The state is appealing.

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