Wednesday, December 19, 2007

White Separatists Sue Town of Jena Over Parade Gun Ban, Route Change

We've had much talk about Canadian human rights tribunals at this blog of late.

Here's a claim of discrimination from the American fringes, as reported by Associated Press via Raw Story:

A white separatist group planning a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Jena is suing the town, claiming officials are violating the Constitution by asking participants not to bring firearms, changing the parade route by one block and requiring the posting of a bond.

The Nationalist Movement filed the federal lawsuit Dec. 14 and is seeking a temporary restraining order to keep the town from interfering with the Learned, Miss.-based group's "Jena Justice Day" rally. Group officials claim the town's rules violate their 14th Amendment rights to due process.

..."When a group of, say, minorities or homosexuals want to have a parade, they aren't usually required to put up a bond or pay for police or pay for cleanup," said Barry Hackney, a spokesman for the organization.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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