A group of heavily armed protesters marched through Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta on Saturday. Many of the protesters carried rifles, including military-type weapons, and ammunition belts.
In Stone Mountain, Georgia earlier today pic.twitter.com/F2Autd4YtI— Naomi (@naomiruta) July 4, 2020
In a video shared online, one member of the group also spoke about the reason they chose the location, describing the park to fellow members of the group as the “birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan” – referring to how it was restarted atop the mountain in 1915.
“I want the heart of the Ku Klux Klan to hear me no matter where the f*** you are,” he said. “I’m in your house. Where you at? You made a threat. We don’t threaten.”
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