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CBC Newsworld
Saturday, March 20, 1998

B.C. town cancels licence for 'hate' meeting

The town of Oliver, B.C. has cancelled the rental licence for a meeting of extremist groups setup by a controversial Internet provider.

Bernard Klatt had planned the forum in the local community centre, and invited a number of extremist groups.

Klatt is a local Internet provider, who's been accused of hosting websites which contain anti-Semitic and white supremacist sentiments. Anti-racism groups have called Bernard Klatt's Internet service a hate centre for the world.

Klatt and his supporters say they want to ensure that there is free speech on the World Wide Web.

The town council says it withdrew the licence for the meeting because the RCMP had warned them of a potential for violence.


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