Judge denies NATO protesters' permit request

City says not enough resources for motorcades and protestors

March 30, 2012

CITY DESK

An administrative law judge has denied protesters' request to march though downtown Chicago at the start of the NATO summit.  City officials say they don't have the resources to deal with both motorcades and protestors during the summit's start on May 20.

Protest organizer Andy Thayer says the decision defies logic.

"We are marching on Sunday, May 20th - we're committed to having a peaceful, permitted march, and we are marching on Sunday, May 20th. That you can take to the bank," he said.

Thayer says protestors are meeting to reevaluate their legal options, and he's scheduled a press conference for Friday to make a public anouncement about the decision.

The protest group wants to start their march at Daley Plaza, in the Loop, so they have a bigger audience. The city suggested the march start from Grant Park, but the protesters have refused to agree to that route.

Protesters do have a valid permit for May 19th, the day before the summit.

 

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