This past Sunday, dissenters of all shapes, sizes and political affiliations took their causes to the streets of Chicago in protest of the N.A.T.O. summit meeting at McCormick Place. The day started with musical performances by Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) among others. With the public address system was on the fritz (either by the hand of “the man” or due to honest-to-god technical difficulties), the two accompanied by the military veterans who would later renounce their war medals, took the show off stage and into the crowd performing an acoustic set. After the sound glitch was fixed, a bevy of speakers representing a rainbow of organizations climbed back onstage to engage the swelling crowd. The protest, estimated at 30,000 strong, then hit the streets of Chicago in a roaring raucous as it made its way towards the N.A.T.O. summit.
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Possibly in fear of another infamous event (and a black eye) for the city like the 1968 Democratic National Convention riots, the Chicago Police Department was docile on the by and large. That is aside from the unnerving intimidation tactics (barking dogs, scary riot suits, ever-ready billy clubs, overwhelming numbers and human corralling of protesters) employed as the march neared McCormick Place. As the mainstream media has spared no expense to highlight, a few skirmishes between protesters and police and police broke out. However, it would seem that most of those engaged by the cops were willing participants or just too stupid to get out of harm’s way when shit hit the fan (supposedly quite literally, as it was reported members of the over-hyped Black Bloc chucked jars of excrement at police).
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|The Veterans (who would later renounce their medals) Tim McIlrath, Tom Morello and other musicians took the show to the crowd after the events sound system went kaput.|
|Racial and age differences were put aside; some took this as an opportunity to get awesome Facebook profile shots.|
|If you look close, you can see this guy is having no luck "cop fishing".|
|No wonder everyone was angry.|
|Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy overseeing the demonstration|
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