Rallies held over Belleville West bus attack

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on September 26, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 1 at 4:24 PM

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Hundreds of spectators watched two rival rallies outside the St. Clair County Courthouse, held Saturday in response to a recent attack on a Belleville West High School bus.

Nearly two dozen white supremacists attended to denounce the Sept. 14 incident where two black students allegedly beat a white student.

Footage of the attack has circulated widely online. At the same time, the Rev. John Curry, of Conqueror's Christian Center in Belleville, held a silent demonstration across the street.

Attendees say the mood was tense as some rally-goers yelled insults and spectators yelled back. Police presence was heavy.

The rally, which police broke up after about an hour, was promoted on Web sites including Stormfront.org. No arrests were made.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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