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Media outnumber protesters at Law Courts

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This article was published 23/6/2009 (3931 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

WINNIPEG — Ten minutes after a planned protest by a white supremacist group outside the Law Courts Building this morning, media and opponents far outnumbered the three supremacists who showed up.

The supremacists are part of the Canadian Association for Free Expression, or CAFE. But just a handful of its supporters stood on the sidewalk on York Avenue prior to the trial over two Winnipeg children at the centre of a heated custody dispute.

Canadian Association for Free Expression supporters were at the Courthouse to observe a  court case involving a young child. CAFE supporters (left) Margaret Feakes and (right) Gerry Neal stand outside the Manitoba Law Courts. They were not allowed in to the proceedings as the hearings are closed to the public.

KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Canadian Association for Free Expression supporters were at the Courthouse to observe a court case involving a young child. CAFE supporters (left) Margaret Feakes and (right) Gerry Neal stand outside the Manitoba Law Courts. They were not allowed in to the proceedings as the hearings are closed to the public.

CAFE supporter Gerry Neal said, "I support freedom of speech in Canada, I object to Child and Family Services taking away any children except in extreme cases of abuse."

The children were removed from their parents in 2008 after the girl showed up at her school with neo-Nazi markings on her body.

The custody trial resumes this morning.
 

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