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Published October 07, 2013, 05:41 PM

UND holds symposium on Leith, ND takeover

The activities of white supremacist Craig Cobb in the small North Dakota town of Leith were the subject of a symposium at the University of North Dakota Monday.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

The activities of white supremacist Craig Cobb in the small North Dakota town of Leith were the subject of a symposium at the University of North Dakota Monday.

The UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies is hosting "Cobbsville - A white supremacist takeover of Leith, North Dakota." A notable attendee was Cobb himself.

Craig Paul Cobb has purchased dozens of abandoned properties in the tiny town of Leith, North Dakota. Active in a number of neo-nazi groups, Cobb has been selling these properties to his fellow white supremacists with the hopes of turning Leith into an all-white community.

The courtroom at the University of North Dakota's School of Law was packed with more than forty people in attendance. A majority of the audience were against Cobb's plan. The symposium explored the origins of American Nazi groups in the Midwest and even focuses on Cobb and his supporters in particular. It also discussed possible legal ways in which this takeover can be stopped.

"Bad speech can be countered by good speech, and we can have a discussion about what's been happening and make citizens aware of the fact that this is a bad idea to try to bring a white supremacist rule into a town in North Dakota," said UND Law Professor Gregory Gordon.

Cobb says the symposium concerns him as it's limiting his freedom of speech.

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