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Jury selection begins in Alberta border blockade mischief trial

Jury selection has started in a trial for three men charged in connection with a blockade at the Canada-U.S. border crossing at Coutts, Alta.

Marco Van Huigenbos, Alex Van Herk and Gerhard Janzen are charged with mischief over $5,000.

Police have alleged the three were key participants in the 2022 protest.

The accused met and shook hands with supporters at the courthouse in Lethbridge, Alta.

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Dozens of people gathered outside with some holding signs, including one stating “Freedom is God Given Not Government Given.”

The blockade over COVID-19 pandemic health restrictions paralyzed Alberta’s main border crossing for more than two weeks.

The trial is scheduled to run until April 19.

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