Anti NATO and G-8 activists meet in Chicago to plan for upcoming protest while police train for mass arrests

Published On August 30, 2011 | By Matt Gratz | global uprising, NATO, police state, Protest, War Crimes

As Chicago police ready their 13,000 strong army of militarized police for “mass arrests,” about 160 activists from about 50 different organizations met yesterday at the Chicago-Kent College of Law to organize and discuss logistics for the upcoming protests against the NATO/G-8 Summits set for next May in the windy city.

It is clear the police see the protesters as criminals for expressing their dis-taste for the globalist organizations who will be taking over the city in the name of “peace and prosperity.” Chicago police union president Michael Shields called  the demonstrators a “bunch of wild, anti-globalist anarchists.”

The demonstrators cannot be more clear that they intend to remain peaceful, that is after all the reason they will be out in the streets, to push for peace in the world. The police however see this as a great challenge to use their new toys and aggressive detainment tactics.

The Huffington Post reports:

[Chicago has a reputation for conflict between protesters and the police force. In 2003 the CPD arrested about 900 people who marched in a protest against the start of the Iraq war, holding some people for up to 36 hours. Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the department is preparing to make “mass arrests” during the summits. CPD has also appointed a deputy superintendent to oversee the city’s law enforcement preparations and is sending representatives to Seattle and Pittsburgh to research previous enforcement strategies, according to NBC Chicago.]

Based on what we know from the actions of the Seattle and Pittsburgh police, the Chicago protesters better be well prepared and protected. The police will not hesitate to use weapons against demonstrators including ear-drum damaging L-RAD machines used in combat zones as well as chemical agents. It would be a good investment for anyone who plans to remain defiant against the unconstitutional army of riot police to purchase your own set of riot gear. It is not illegal to wear protective clothing.

The HuffPo report continues:

[Local activist Andy Thayer told the Tribune that the demonstrations being planned will be peaceful, and that McCarthy’s statements have “a chilling effect” in light of the city’s history of civil rights disputes over protest arrests–the 2003 arrests prompted a class-action lawsuit.

Aspiring protesters allege that the city has already begun efforts to thwart their demonstrations. Chicago activist Joe Iosbaker, who helped organize the 2008 RNC protests, told the Tribune that his applications for permits to hold demonstrations in Daley and Federal Plazas have been ignored for nine weeks. He told the paper city officials said organizers will not be able to apply for a permit to march through the city until the first of the year. Full Article Here]

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