\n

Raids On Journalists At NATO Protests – A Report on Chicago

by Mark Taylor Canfield

Protest Marches

Anti-war protesters at the NATO Summit in Chicago faced off with Chicago police all day on Sunday May 20th in a cat and mouse game that lasted late into the night.

War veterans wanting to return their medals led a march of thousands early in the day.

Later in the afternoon CPD blocked Michigan Street and pushed back on the crowd. Police officers alternately donned gas masks and then took them off while dispersal orders were announced. The confrontation at Michigan and 25th Street continued for approximately two hours.

Some of the marchers were injured by police. A few activists had bloody faces, apparently caused by riot sticks. Eventually the demonstrators were caged in by police and had to retreat.

Live Fox news coverage on WGN cast the protesters as nothing but a nuisance. When a WGN reporter at the march finally approached an activist for an interview, he was abruptly cut off and the live coverage ended.

Eventually marchers left the area of the police line on Michigan. Meanwhile, helicopters hovered above in the sky all day as the demonstrators marched for many miles shouting, “Who’s street? Our streets!”

One group of protesters faced off with police and 2 LRAD vehicles at the fences on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

After this confrontation the group marched up East 26th Street followed by a large number of riot police.

Some protesters moved North on South State Street.

Chicago police also blocked off 21st Ave and State Street with a row of riot cops. Several arrests were made and more injuries were reported by folks at that location.

Protesters encountered riot police all night as they marched around the city. None of the activists were allowed to get near McCormick Place where the NATO summit had been held.

At one point, it was announced that marchers were headed to the Art Institute.

Live Streamers Raided At Gunpoint

Apparently, live video streamers are now subject to search and seizure by the Chicago Police Department.

Livestreamers Luke Rudkowksi Tim Pool, Jeoff Shively, Dustin & Jess were raided at gunpoint by police on Saturday night. They were driving home and were pulled over and cuffed, searched and released with no charges.

Apparently, this is what a police state looks like…

Tim Pool said he and another man were detained and he was searched again by Chicago police on Sunday.

Go to wearechange.org for the video of the first raid.

Freedom of the press?

Originally posted @ http://chicago.indymedia.org/…

http://chicago.indymedia.org/node/916

Leave a Reply