Protestor's trial continued

June 1, 2009 5:55:17 PM PDT
The seven activists who protested a former Congressman's speech at UNC Chapel Hill were in court Monday facing charges of disturbing the peace.The group interrupted the talk by Tom Tancredo on campus April 14. Six others face similar charges for protesting former US Representative Virgil Goode's speech a week later. Both men favor stricter immigration policies.

Rising senior Haley Koch took part.

"It's really important to know that protest is something that is a vital part of our culture," she said.

The protests sparked national debate when Tancredo was unable to finish what he came to say.

"I've received death threats and a lot of hate," said Koch.

But she's also found support.

"I think she was exercising her first amendment right," offered one supporter.

The court appearance Monday prompted a rally in their support on the courthouse steps. Demonstrators want the charges dropped, but the case was continued for now.