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White supremacists to rally at City Hall

April 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The leader of a white supremacist group says opponents have no right to stop the National Socialist Movement from gathering this weekend at Los Angeles City Hall. Civil rights groups are calling for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to revoke a permit allowing the demonstration Saturday.

Danielle Heck, a spokeswoman for a coalition of groups opposing the National Socialist Movement gathering, says they "don't think there should be freedom of speech for hate groups." But, the white supremacist group disagrees.

Jeffrey Russell Hall, of the National Socialist Movement, says "They obviously only feel that the First Amendment should apply to people that they happen to agree with." Hall said he expects about 100 participants at the "Reclaim The Southwest!" event. Heck says he expects thousands of counter-protesters to show up.

Associated Press contributed to this story


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