Ku Klux Klan fight to clean highway

2015-07-09 17:07
The Ku Klux Klan parade through the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma. (AP Photo)

The Ku Klux Klan parade through the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma. (AP Photo)

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Atlanta - A US court is set to hear arguments over the state of Georgia's refusal to let a Ku Klux Klan group participate in a highway clean-up programme.

The Georgia KKK group's application for a volunteer road cleaning programme was denied in 2012. The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation sued on the group's behalf, saying its right to free speech was violated.

In November, a judge ruled in the organisation's favor, saying that the state gave the KKK scrutiny not applied to other groups.

The state has appealed and wants the ruling reversed. The Georgia Court of Appeals will take up the case on Thursday.

In denying the application, the state said promoting an organisation with a history of inciting unrest could hurt the state.

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