Protesters Reschedule March For Start Of NATO Summit

CHICAGO (CBS) — The other welcoming committee for the NATO summit in May says it’s changing the date of its march to make sure protestors don’t miss the NATO ministers.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, the G8 summit might have been moved to Camp David, but that won’t keep away all the protesters who were planning rallies and marches the weekend of the two summits.

Occupy Chicago spokesman Mark Banks said there are still the NATO officials gathering at McCormick Place, so that’s where their protest march will head since G8 won’t be in Chicago the weekend of May 18-21.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

Joe Iosbaker, with the CANG8 committee, says since the G8 summit has been moved to Camp David, protesters will march on May 20, the opening day of the NATO summit, to make sure they welcome the NATO ministers to town.

Iosbaker and other anti-war activists said they are bringing in European legal observers to help safeguard the civil rights of American demonstrators.

“European attorneys, lawmakers, coming to Chicago to observe the proceedings of the protests, so that our civil liberties are protected,” Iosbaker said.

Iosbaker and protest organizer Andy Thayer say buses are coming from all around the U.S. for a peaceful, family-friendly protest by thousands of anti-NATO demonstrators.

Organizers said they can’t say exactly how many protesters are expected to show up, without the G8 in town.

  • fred

    I saw the 6 Occupy protesters today outside WLS studios demanding Rush Limbaugh be taken off the air. The news media was there with camersa to capture this important event.

  • German Leprechaun

    These “protesters” need to schedule haircuts, showers and job interviews!!

  • Jeff Harris

    When will these Loser protesters figure out that their childish displays will not change anything, EVER? I think it’s safe to say that most of us support NATO and the good work they do worldwide. When will they figure out that the vast majority of the 99% does not support them? I hope the CPD is prepared to kick some major ass. They shouldn’t allow these low lives one single inch. The second they cross the line, they should pay a very big price

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