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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:29 PM

Protesters: Is city admitting it lacks the cops to handle NATO summit?

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

If Chicago lacks the police manpower to secure the NATO summit and a protest march to McCormick Place on the same day, City Hall has no business hosting world leaders, protesters argued Thursday. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama shifted the G-8 summit from Chicago to Camp David. That prompted the protesters to file a new application for permission to shift their march from May 19 to May 20, same time, same route.

City Hall rejected the permit on grounds it does not have a “sufficient number of on-duty police officers” or traffic control aides to “police and protect” parade participants and spectators.

“If that was true, why did they sign up for this in the first place?” said Joe Iosbaker, a spokesman for the Coalition Against the NATO/G-8 War & Poverty Agenda.

Iosbaker claims the alleged shortage of police officers is an “excuse”— that City Hall is simply using boilerplate language in Emanuel’s watered-down “sit-down-and-shut-up” ordinances regulating protesters to deny the permit and stifle public dissent.

Read more: http://www.suntimes.com/11471774-417/protesters-is-city-admitting-it-lacks-the-cops-to-handle-nato-summit.html



Emanuel wants to make sure no media covering the NATO summit sees any protest.

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Response to former9thward (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:44 PM

1. Makes absolutely ZERO sense... n/t

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Response to former9thward (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:36 PM

2. So can they continue to use the permit on the 19th???

 

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Response to Devil_Fish (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:50 PM

3. They can but there will be no media coveage because the NATO meeting is on the 20th.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:53 PM

4. They might as well then, the meda wouldn't cover them on the 20th any more then the 19th.

 

Just recognizing history....

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Response to Devil_Fish (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 09:05 PM

5. True but they wanted to be seen/heard by the NATo representatives also.

On the 19th that won't happen. Of course the city is trying to give them a route which is completely away from the meeting or anyone else for that matter.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 12:22 AM

6. 19th or 20th dosn't matter, they still end up in a "Free speach zone"

 

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Response to former9thward (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 11:33 PM

7. I hope someone is petitioning the court for an injunction to permit a march.

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