Groups urge Los Angeles mayor to revoke permit for white supremacist gatheringBy AP
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
LA mayor urged to stop white supremacist meeting
LOS ANGELES — Community activists and civil rights groups are urging the mayor of Los Angeles to revoke a permit allowing a white supremacist group to hold a weekend demonstration at City Hall.
Danielle Heck, a spokeswoman for the groups, said Wednesday the groups shouldn’t be allowed to gather because they practice hate speech and seek to incite violence.
She says she expects thousands of counter-protesters to oppose the National Socialist Movement’s event on Saturday.
National Socialist Movement regional director Jeffrey Russell Hall says the first amendment gives his group the right to gather.
A spokeswoman for the mayor referred questions to the Police Department.
Police Sgt. Lisa Turvey says the permit allowing some 150 white supremacists to gather was granted in March.
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