Peaceful demonstrations planned for Sunday

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TRURO - Peaceful demonstrations are planned on Sunday in Truro and other parts of the province in support of mentally challenged individuals facing criminal charges.

Amanda Murphy

Organizers of the event say the demonstrations are in support of such individuals as Amanda Murphy, who is to be sentenced next week for assaulting a worker in a small options home and others in similar situations, including Nichele Benn and Richard Rector.

In Truro, participants will gather at 1 p.m. in the Atlantic Superstore parking lot (where the garden centre is located during summer months) on Elm Street. At 1:15, a walk is scheduled to take place to the provincial justice centre at 540 Prince St. for a peaceful demonstration that will run until 2 p.m.

Other demonstrations are planned in Amherst, Halifax, New Minas, North Sydney, Windsor and Yarmouth.

A demonstration of support is also set for Feb. 6 in Antigonish where Murphy is to be sentenced.

The demonstration will begin at 4 Vincent Way (the small options home where Amanda lives) and proceed to the Antigonish Justice Centre at 11 James St.

Organizations: Antigonish Justice Centre

Geographic location: Truro, Elm Street, Amherst North Sydney Windsor Yarmouth Antigonish

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