Separatists rally against holiday

About 50 white separatists protested the Martin Luther King Jr. holidayyesterday in this tiny town, Jena, La., that was thrust into thespotlight months ago by 20,000 demonstrators.<br />


About 50 white separatists protested the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday yesterday in this tiny town, Jena, La., that was thrust into the spotlight months ago by 20,000 demonstrators.

They had claimed prosecutors discriminated against blacks.

Police separated participants in the "pro-majority" rally organized by the Learned, Miss.-based Nationalist Movement from a racially mixed group of about 100 counter-demonstrators outside the LaSalle Parish Courthouse.

At least one person was arrested after about six counter-protesters gathered in a semi-circle around a podium where the separatist group’s leader, Richard Barrett, was to speak.

Dozens of state police forced the counter-demonstrators back before Barrett spoke yesterday.

One man who broke away from the crowd was arrested and booked with battery on a police officer.

 
 
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