Police have broken-up a Ku Klux Klan in America's deep south. Fifty white-robed and hooded?
GV Ku Klux Klansmen in field, beginning final part of march, and marching with banners (3 SHOTS)
GV Klan marching beside road
SV Police addressing Klansmen halted on the road (2 SHOTS)
SV Police announcing Klansmen are under arrest, and Klansmen being taken away (2 SHOTS)
SV Klansmen being arrested and searched (2 SHOTS)
SV Bus taking Klansmen away
GV Montgomery's Mayor Emery Fallmer showing pictures of captured weapons (2 SHOTS)
GV AND SV Imperial wizard Bill Wilkinson having photograph taken by police (2 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: JONES: "After romping in a field overnight, the Klansmen had intended to march to the State capital at Montgomery for a rally, but they failed to apply for a police permit in time for a legal march this weekend. Although such permits have been granted to the Klan in the past as a routine matter. Faced with either abandoning the march of being arrested imperial wizard Bill Wilkinson and his followers chose arrest.
Almost two hundred Klansmen and Klanswomen were arrested in all. After being searched, they were put aboard buses and taken to the city jail where bond was set at five hundred dollars each. The clan arranged for the bond,. The arrests were ordered by Montgomery Mayor Emery Fallmer (phonetic) who criticised clan leaders for allowing members to carry illegal weapons during the march. He brought pictures of some of the weapons to show newsmen today.
Wilkinson said the klan will step up its activities in Montgomery now. But getting a parade permit may still pose a problem."
REPORTER: KENLEY JONES
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Background: Police have broken-up a Ku Klux Klan in America's deep south. Fifty white-robed and hooded Klansmen set off on Thursday (9 August) from Selma, Alabama, for a fifty-mile (80 kilometre) five-day march to the state capital at Montgomery. The intended to retrace the steps of thousands of civil rights marchers led by the late Martin Luther King in 1965. The Klansmen whose numbers grew to nearly two hundred by Monday (13 August) were protesting against integration of schools and other facilities. But police stopped them completing the march. NBC's Kenley Jones reports: