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Jury selection begins in Zimmerman trial

SANFORD  --  Jury selection began today in the George Zimmerman trial. He's the neighborhood  watch volunteer accused of shooting and killing 17 year old Trayvon Martin .

The  Zimmerman trial is expected to be one of the most watched cases of the year.

This is a day more than a year in the making.
The Trayvon Martin shooting is sparking fresh debates about race relations  in this country and that was evident today during day one of the trial.

Sanford,FL
Trayvon Martin supporters made their presence felt outside the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center

"We are standing up for all the black youth all the Latino youth across this country"
Tracy Stern is One of those supporters who says there's a war on people of color. She's also a self described communist..

"You couldn't protest in a  communist system but here you can  well you can protest here but in its limitations look behind us here is the little cage")

Protesters and spectators are confined behind steel restraining barriers on the  lawn in front of the courthouse. But they were few and far between. By our  count, only about two dozen, far outnumbered by police and the media

More than 200 journalists from all over the country have descended on tiny Sanford, rows of satellite TV trucks are outside the courthouse.
On the inside,  courtroom seating is limited.  24 will go to journalists. Six are being set aside for  Martins  family and six for Zimmerman's.  24  will go to the public through a daily lottery.

Cindy Philemoa/ Protester " I thought there would be a lot more people l but I think they felt  there wouldn't be a parking space so that's why they didn't come but I don't think they are not with us"

"We want justice for Trayvon Martin"
Noche  Diaz is an activist from New York. He believe  there is a larger fight

Noche Diaz  "What we want to see are facing "
George Zimmerman is not expected to be here until opening statements begin.
   
How long will jury selection last?
To put it in context.
Casey Anthony  jury selection lasted two weeks.