ELLIJAY, Ga., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Ku Klux Klan members in Georgia condemned illegal immigrants and gays while counter-demonstrators preached universal love, observers said.
About 40 Klansmen stood in the a county courthouse parking lot in Ellijay, Ga., while several hundred people watched from across the street, the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press reported Sunday. Police said there were no incidents.
"Most of you probably don't realize how bad this illegal alien situation actually is," a man identifying himself as Imperial Wizard Jeff Jones said during the hourlong rally. "Us real Americans don't want these ... people in our country."
The leader also blamed illegal immigration for the lack of jobs and increases in tuberculosis, HIV and car accidents, the Times Free Press said.
Witnesses said some counter-demonstrators carried signs proclaiming love for all people, regardless of ethnicity.
"We were incensed they would do this on Sept. 11," the anniversary of the terror attacks on the United States in 2001, said Myra Kibler, president of Mountain Light Unitarian Universalist Church, one of the counter-demonstrators. "We just didn't want their message to go unanswered. ... We want to provide an alternative message. ... We say that we are standing on the side of love."