'Music is not a crime': Why these clowns marched on Washington

 abc.net.au  9/17/2017 1:11:00 AM 

Posted September 17, 2017 11:11:00

More than 1,000 fans of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse have rallied in Washington to protest against the FBI's classification of them as a gang.

The band's fans, known as Juggalos, gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial, some carrying signs that said "Music is not a Crime".

A 2011 report by the Justice Department's Gang Task Force placed the Juggalos, who favour extensive tattoos and outlandish face paint, in the same classification as overtly violent US gangs such as the Bloods and the Crips.

The rap group and its fans claim to be a non-violent community subject to largely class-based discrimination by law enforcement.

The band, along with the ACLU, sued the FBI in 2014 seeking to change the classification but with little success so far.

The rap duo has developed an intensely devoted fan base over the course of a 25-year career.

The protesters listened to a series of speakers and musicians amid clouds of marijuana smoke.

They chanted "family" and an obscenity about the FBI.

On the opposite side of the reflection pool, a pro-Trump rally was underway, but drew a much smaller crowd than anticipated.

It was billed as "the mother of all rallies" and sought to bring 1 million supporters to the US Capital.

It was far outnumbered by the Insane Clown Posse supporters.

AP/ABC

Topics: human-interest, law-crime-and-justice, rights, music, united-states

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