AUGUSTA — Ku Klux Klan fliers purporting to be about a neighborhood watch drew concern for the safety of refugees and a swift rebuke from the governor in Maine.

The fliers were found on Monday in Augusta, Gardiner and Freeport. The fliers found in Augusta said they were from “Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” and stated that “you can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.”

Republican Gov. Paul LePage called the fliers “appalling” during an appearance on WVOM-FM on Tuesday. He also said he didn’t know if the fliers were legitimate or a prank, but either way they were “disgusting.”

Some of the fliers were left in Augusta’s Sand Hill neighborhood, the Kennebec Journal reported.

The Rev. Francis Morin, administrator of a parish that includes a church in the neighborhood, said the KKK does not speak for Christians. He also said he believes the fliers were left there because refugees live in the neighborhood.

Augusta Police Chief Robert Gregoire said residents reported finding the fliers. They were found on places like driveways and porches.

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