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Ku Klux Klan parades in Roxboro celebrating Trump win

Posted December 3, 2016 6:13 p.m. EST
Updated December 6, 2016 11:36 a.m. EST

— A caravan of about 20 vehicles organized by the Ku Klux Klan celebrated President-Elect Donald Trump's win with Confederate and American flags Saturday afternoon in Roxboro.

Officers blocked several intersections along U.S. Highway 501, so the convoy would move and exit the city quickly.

Natalie Allison Janicello, a reporter for The (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News, captured the convoy on video and shared it on Twitter.

“We learned late this afternoon the group wanted to come to Roxboro. I want to thank our law enforcement partners who helped us close intersections so the group could enter and leave the city as fast as possible,” Roxboro Police Chief David Hess said in a statement.

He said the group posted the event on social media but never said it would take place in Roxboro. The group was present for around 5 minutes, and there were no bystanders watching.

The North Carolina Democratic Party released a statement after the incident.

“The North Carolina Democratic Party finds it horrifying that the KKK is embarking on a march in North Carolina,” Chairwoman Patsy Keever said. “This comes after months of toxic and divisive rhetoric that belittled many in our state. We must all stand together in rejecting these hateful actions, which includes listening to and valuing those in our communities who feel targeted.”

Hess said there were no incidents or counter protests in Roxboro.

"We owe it to the community to make sure limited exposure and potential acts of violence are minimized. I, nor you, want anyone regardless of color being physically hurt,” he said.

Shortly after the election, the KKK posted about holding a parade Saturday, but never announced a location or time.

Anticipating a parade, the Triangle Unity May Day Coalition held its own demonstration in downtown Raleigh. Hundreds gathered for what they called a rally against hate.

Trump recently distanced himself from white supremist groups.