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KKK rally underway in Abbeville Co., Greenville residents to hold counter-protest

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While members of the Ku Klux Klan New Empire Knights hold their first gathering in Abbeville Co., citizens in Greenville organized a rally to protest hatred locally and around the world.

"I just feel like love and peace is what we need," said Angela, an Abbeville Co. resident who said the Klan gathering makes her feel uncomfortable.

Many in the county thought the rally was only a rumor and they said they are disturbed at what they called the Klan's message of hate.

"People making up trouble, people ought to learn to just get along," said Mike of the gathering.

But the Klan group's leader in Abbeville said hate is not what the group is about.

In an e-mail to FOX Carolina, Charles Murray, the Imperial Wizard of the New Empire Knights said "our group has donated food, clothes and money to numerous charity groups in Abbeville. Feeding the hungry, giving clothes to the poor and healing those in need (of all races) is bringing negativity to Abbeville? If so, maybe I should find a new home."

Activists like Rabbi Marc Wilson in Greenville are organizing a counter-rally to coincide with the Klan's gathering, protesting hatred in all forms.

The event, called the Unity Rally Against Hatred, will be held in Greenville at the Hughes Main Library Saturday, July 26 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The location of the Ku Klux Klan event is not disclosed, but an itinerary of events this weekend can be found here.

Wilson said there will be speakers and guests who represent many groups who feel they have been affected directly by hatred and messages of hate they said the Ku Klux Klan spreads.

Murray said the New Empire Knights are not against any racial or religious group, except Zionist Jews.

Wilson said while tomorrow's event started as a direct response to the Klan's gathering, he hopes it will open people's eyes to hatred happening all over the world.

"Events like what we're doing tomorrow are trying to hang on desperately to that faith that one day people will be able to live together peacefully," he said.

For more information on the New Empire Knights, click here.

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