Four more protesters appear in court

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HAMILTON, Bermuda, Apr 13, CMC   – Four more men have pleaded not guilty to offences related to a protest last December which prevented legislators from entering the House of Assembly.
Dornielle Farrel, 27, Ernest Trott, 51, Antoine Minors, 34,  and Sherman Hill, 58, were all accused of obstructing police officers in the execution of their duty when they appeared in Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, bringing the number charged over the protest so far to 15.
The latest four charged, were released on bail and will reappear before the court on May 3 for a further hearing.
There was a light police presence on Wednesday morning as a small group of supporters gathered outside the Dame Lois Browne-Evans building which houses the Magistrates’ Court.
Inside, the court was packed, with union leaders Jason Hayward and Chris Furbert in attendance as well as the Reverend Nicholas Tweed of pressure group the People’s Campaign and opposition Progressive Labour Party MP Derrick Burgess.
Furbert, who is president of the Bermuda Industrial Union, and his son are among the 15 who have been charged.
The charges stem from the protest on December 2 when police in riot gear used pepper spray in a bid to disperse demonstrators  who forced House Speaker Randy Horton to adjourn parliamentary proceedings until February when MPs approved plans to build a new $302 million airport terminal.
Work on the 40-month project is due to get under way this month.

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