CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds of people gathered to protest downtown after President Trump ordered the killing of a top Iranian general, raising fears of an escalating conflict in the Middle East.
The protesters, carrying “No War In Iran and U.S. Troops Out Of Iraq” signs, gathered near the Trump Hotel on Wacker Drive and marched down Michigan Avenue.
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The group also shut down Lake Shore Drive, forcing the CTA to reroute buses. There was at least one person arrested, police said.
Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds military force and one of the most powerful figures in the Islamic Republic, was killed early Friday in an airstrike in Baghdad. Thousands of people were marching Saturday in a funeral procession through the Iraqi capital.
President Trump said Friday the action was taken “to stop a war.” He said Soleimani “was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him.”