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St. Patrick's Day Parade May Reconsider Excluding Anti-War Group

St. Patrick's Day Parade May Reconsider Excluding Anti-War Group



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(KSL News) A Utah anti-war group is upset because members aren't allowed to march in this weekend's St. Patrick's Day parade. The group Operation Democracy wanted to recognize the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq by marching for peace. But when they requested to march in the parade, the response was "no".

Lee Anne Walker, Operation Democracy: "We were looking for something we could do on a grassroots level to be part of this swelling up in the country."

The Hibernian Society, which puts on the parade, told KSL it respects a group's right to protest. But because this is a non-profit event to raise money, parade organizers didn't want it to be a political forum.

Operation Democracy told us instead of marching in the Parade they would be passing out fliers on the sidewalk.

Last night, we spoke with the president of the Hibernian Society. She told us she was unaware of the issue. She said traditionally the Irish stand up for the right to have a voice, and she wants to talk about the issue and possibly reconsider.

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