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KKK's Gettysburg rally canceled because of government shutdown

October 02, 2013|By Michael Muskal
  • Gettysburg, above in August 2012, was among the parks and monuments closed by the federal government shutdown this week. That has resulted in the cancellation of a demonstration by the Ku Klux Klan.
Gettysburg, above in August 2012, was among the parks and monuments closed… (Catharine Hamm / Los Angeles…)

Federal employees have been furloughed, federal assistance for those needing food has been threatened and tourists everywhere have been shut out of monuments and national parks as a result of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government.

But the Washington budget standoff that triggered the shutdown has had an unexpected effect: Cancellation of a proposed KKK demonstration at Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.

The Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan had received a special use permit to hold a demonstration at the Gettysburg National Military Park on Saturday. But the permit has been rescinded because of the federal government shutdown, which has closed monuments and parks across the nation, according to a park news release.

Permits for at least 11 events in October have been rescinded, Katie Lawhon, management assistant at Gettysburg National Military Park, told the Patriot-News of Pennsylvania.

Lawhon said she doesn’t know how the canceled permits will be handled when the shutdown is lifted.

“It’s too early to say. We’ll have to answer that question when the shutdown ends,” she said.

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