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Hundreds of angry fathers dressed in black and brandishing purple flags have staged a demonstration at the High Court in London, as part of a special Fathers Day protest against their treatment at the hands of Family Division judges.
Between 60 and 70 men are said to have made it past security guards to occupy the Family Court building itself, while the protesters claim that up to 500 others staged a non-violent protest outside. The court is believed to have been in session while the sit-in took place and although the police were called, no arrests were made.
Organised by civil rights group Fathers 4 Justice, the demonstration aims to "open up" the family courts to the general public, amid claims that it operates "like an East Eurpoean Communist dictatorship."
Fathers 4 Justice founder Matt OConnor said the demonstration was a symbolic gesture to kickstart a "summer of discontent" against family courts across the country.
"The main Family Courts in London are now open to the public for the first time in years. Hundreds of fathers, some mothers and grandparents risked arrest today by taking this direct action. Fathers 4 Justice claim that fathers have been unable to publicise miscarriages of justice for years because of a conspiracy of silence in the Family Courts."