Protesters bring the message of anti-war/anti-austerity to world leaders at the NATO summit in Chicago

Tens of thousands of activists stormed Chicago to protest against war and inequality while the city hosts the annual NATO convention. Today is day two of the summit and more protest demonstrations are planned. At least 45 people were arrested during peaceful marches and rallies over the weekend. While some are applauding the Chicago Police Department’s professionalism in dealing with protestors – others are pointing to repeated law enforcement abuses against citizen journalists and heavy-handed crowd control tactics.

Several journalists were arrested in Chicago over the weekend with little justification, and others were intimidated, detained, and interrogated without any probable cause. For today – demonstrators plan to march to Boeing’s headquarters in downtown Chicago to protest against the defense company’s role in our ongoing wars abroad. Keep an eye on this.

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George Todd 12 years 4 weeks ago
#1

There will be mostly peaceful, law abiding protests, peppered with a few arrests.

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leighmf 12 years 4 weeks ago
#2

I hope some protestors will as well visit these entities, which are the controllers of Boeing existing in geographic corporate terrorist cells :

THE NORTH, AMERICAN COMPANY FOR LIFE & HEALTH Insurance, CHICAGO IL 60690-0466

National Bank of Detroit, Chicago, 307 North Michigan Avenue Chicago,IL 60601

ARTHUR ANDERSEN, INC.225 N MICHIGAN AVE 16TH FLOOR CHICAGO IL 60601

WELLS FARGO ARMORED SERVICE CORPORATION : 200 South Michigan Ave, CHICAGO, IL 60604,

BARNETT STORES INC : 6113 N LINCOLN AVE , CHICAGO, IL 60659

STANDARD OIL COMPANY INC : 200 EAST RANDOLPH DRIVE MAIL CODE 2401A, CHICAGO, IL 60601

CARLYLE-JMB, INC.875 N. MICHIGAN AVENUE CHICAGO IL 60611

AMOCO TRINIDAD OIL COMPANY located at CHICAGO, IL

ABN AMRO NORTH AMERICA HOLDING CAPITAL FUNDING LLC XVIII located at CHICAGO, IL

AMERICAN BAR RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION located at 541 N. FAIRBANKS COURT, CHICAGO, IL

ARCHER, DANIELS MIDLAND CO 1FL 311 W MONROE ST 1 CHICAGO IL 60606-0000

STANDARD FEDERAL INTERNATIONAL, LLC located at 135 SOUTH LASALLE, CHICAGO, IL (ABN AMRO)

CARLYLE, VENTURE CAPITAL 327 S LASALLE ST #1132 CHICAGO IL 60604

LINCOLN NATIONAL BANK 2428 W HUTCHISON ST, CHICAGO IL 60618-0000

FLEET TRUCK SALES INC 233 S WACKER DR 75TH FL CHICAGO IL 60606-0000

SHAMROCK, ESCROW ACCOUNT 35 W WACKER DR CHICAGO IL 60601-0000

dankir 12 years 4 weeks ago
#3

Nothing, The media just tells us about how the protests might slow our commute. There is NO discussion about ISSUES. All they talk about is how Businesses are being hurt by the SECURITY or the PROTESTERS.
Not ONE story about the FUNCTION of NATO or why these SMELLY UNEMPLOYED WEIRD FREAKS are clogging up our streets. We have enough HOMELESS MENTALLY ILL Beggars. What news is in a PEACEFUL PROTEST anyway. "Nothing happening here."
"Wait, a 16 yr old DRUNK KID who is a WELL KNOWN ANARCHIST just puked on a COP and started a RIOT."
The Police Chief was quoted " The Anarchist Puker didn't get a PERMIT TO PUKE" He will be charged as a Terrorist and the case will be DISMISSED after a beating.
Cynical Enough?

dankir 12 years 4 weeks ago
#4

The MORONIC decision to charge some stupid kids with TERRORISM will cost the CITY OF CHICAGO MILLIONS of $$$$. We have seen this movie before. PATHETIC - some late night B.S . Session turned into CONSPIRACY! OOH! Thanks for Protecting Me.

dankir 12 years 4 weeks ago
#5

Thom, I was born 5/7/62. I have now known 5 other people born on this day and If I didnt believe in Astrology I would. Science Geek, ADHD, Same RELIGION-YA THINK- only. Please look at my JESUS SAYS WELFARE PROMOTES LAZINESS blog. I think it deserves more than 1 "DISGUSTING!" You will get IT

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Robindell 12 years 3 weeks ago
#6

The estimated number of protesters in Chicago during the summit was around 2000, far less than many anticipated. The leaders did not see anything of the protests, unless they happened to watch the evening news, and I think most of them left on Monday before the news comes on. There is only so much that can be accomplished with any form of protests. Local news reporters wondered if the message of the protests were not lost simply because there were mutliple causes that were being addressed, rather than a few unifying themes. Those who caused most of the problems were reportedly members of the so-called Black Bloc, who supposedly are anarchists but who seem mostly to want to cause a certain degree of chaos at such events, without having a real message. I answered dankir's blog posting mentioned above after the other reply, which I didn't understand as to its intent.

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