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PHOTO: Activists protest at Chicago NATO summit


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By Alen Simic




Chicago--­­ Sunday marked Chicago’s first ever NATO summit.

At 10 a.m., protestors and organizers from the Coalition against NATO-G8, who were largely responsible for the march, started arriving in the cities Grant Park, where a three-hour long rally took place with protestors from across the country.

Student from Minnesota University gathered in the park, making signs and banners on behalf of Students for a Democratic Society and would later join the march down Michigan Avenue.

There was strong anti-Obama sentiment throughout the rally, with much of it directed at the president’s economic policies. In the same vein, the protestors cried out against austerity measures taken through the European Union, claiming these to be the cause of the continent’s continuing economic instability.

The rally was a conglomeration of many organizations protesting NATO action and lack of action.

Veterans for Peace, an organization composed of American war veterans who oppose war and NATO’s use of military action were one of the many groups present.

“We oppose Proxy wars, the use of military drones and believe that NATO is a criminal organization and that America has committed acts of terrorism,” said group organizer Lenny Bianchy.

The rally ended at 2 p.m. and the protestors began marching toward Michigan Avenue, chanting slogans like “NATO, go home, worry about the Euro-zone!” and “Today is the day we destroy the system.”

After the two-hour long march, the protestors arrived near McCormick Place, where organizers of the protest began making speeches decrying NATO, its use of military force and free-market capitalism.

The protestors remained organized and relatively calm through the majority of the proceedings.

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Medina Benjamin (left), leads the Code Pink march during Chicago’s first ever NATO summit. Code Pink is a women’s rights organization which seeks to protect women from human rights abuses around the globe. Alen Simic Buy Photos
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“Trisha” (Right), distributed anti-FBI stickers during the rally held in Chicago’s Grant Park, during the citiy’s 2012 NATO summit. Alen Simic Buy Photos
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Members of the Occupy Chicago group formed the “Clowns Attack” group for the march held during Chicago’s first ever NATO Summit. Alen Simic Buy Photos
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Protesters display a strong anti-Obama sentiment during a rally held in Chicago’s Grant Park during the city's first-ever NATO summit. Alen Simic Buy Photos
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Protestors and members of Chicago’s Hare Krishna Temple, join in dance and chanting of the Hare Krishna Mantra. Alen Simic Buy Photos
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A protester distributes literature titled, “The Plague of Capitalism.” Alen Simic Buy Photos
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Rev. Jesse Jackson participates in a protest march on Michigan Avenue in Chicago during the city's first ever NATO summit. Alen Simic Buy Photos
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Protestors, in a mile long marching parade, arrive at the police blockade at Michigan Avenue just outside McCormick Place, the meeting place of the 2012 NATO summit. Alen Simic Buy Photos

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