The Ku Klux Klan is "not welcome" in Milford, according to state and local leaders after dozens of fliers from the organization were discovered at several locations in the city this week.
Seven more fliers were located in the northeast side of Milford Wednesday. In total, about 50 pamphlets were located in Milford.
"You can sleep well tonight knowing the UKA (the United Klans of America) is awake," each flier read.
The UKA is the largest active division of the Ku Klux Klan.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy along with city leaders held a press conference Wednesday afternoon where he called the actions of the UKA "repugnant."
"Klan, you are not welcome in the state of Connecticut," Malloy said. "No one in their right mind is asking you to be here. And I mean that."
Malloy said he originally didn't want to speak out in public about this because he didn't want to give the klan more attention. But now he's making it loud and clear, he wants them out.
Frank Lyons said he has lived in Milford for about 35 years. About two decades ago, he told Eyewitness News, a mixed racial couple was targeted by the Ku Klux Klan. An anti-hate group formed in support.
"The couple that was against the mixed couple, they finally moved out of town," Lyons said.
Lyons said he believed Milford has come a long way since then.
"In a meeting a few months ago, we were thinking of disbanding the group," Lyons said. "But now it seems as if it was needed."
Local leaders backed the citizens and their message to the Ku Klux Klan to get out.
"To reiterate the hallmarks of Milford which are respect, diversity and tolerance," said Milford Mayor Benjamin Blake.
The acting executive director of the Commission on Human Rights and
Opportunities, Tanya Hughes, also released a statement on the incident
"The Klu Klux Klan, which is widely recognized as the
nation's first terrorist group, is unique in its unmitigated hate of
anyone who does not subscribe to its twisted philosophy of white
supremacy", said Hughes "The persons who distributed these flyers
underscore the importance of our collective vigilance in eliminating
racism and discrimination of all kinds."
The state attorney's office said they are now working with Milford police.
Anyone with information about the fliers is urged to contact the Milford Police Department by calling 203-878-6551.
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