Police And NATO Protesters Clash
By Dock Walls, @dockwalls
Three men, labeled “Domestic Terrorists” by authorities, were arrested just ahead of the 2 day North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit. Police insist these Caucasian U.S. citizens were allegedly plotting to blow up Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters, Attack Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home and attack four Chicago police stations. Police seized a large cache of guns, explosives and other weapons. The attorney representing the detainees insist they were entrapped by authorities, who provided them the weapons.
Saturday marchers seeking to protest the NATO summit were frustrated by Chicago police who kept them confined to a few square blocks in the Loop. Occasionally, the protesters attempted to break through police lines and go beyond the artificial boundaries. This resulted in pushing and shoving matches with the police. In one instance, police hit a protester with their vehicle.
Over the last few days, NATO protesters have begun to better organize. The Woodlawn based STOP organization lead 500 marchers to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home to protest the closure of several of the city’s Mental Health Clinics. Activist Zakiyyah Muhammed said, “the money our government is spending on war and giving to foreign countries should be used to treat people who are suffering from Mental Illness. Rahm spent $14 million on the NATO summit but can’t find $3.2 million to keep these clinics open.”
President Obama arrived in Chicago Saturday evening fresh from the G8 summit at Camp David. The 28 NATO Members are expected to discuss the War in Afghanistan and Missile Defense. Unions and their members want their government to focus on job creation.
Thus far, there have been few arrests. However, that may quickly change. Protest crowds are expected to swell as the NATO summit officially begins today.