President Obama stole the headlines yesterday and this morning with his NATO plan for withdrawal from the war in Afghanistan. But the bigger story is that this protest didn't garner international media attention.
Police and protesters have drastically different accounts of how anti-NATO street events in Chicago went over the last week, and on Monday both sides seemed to be taking a final stab at getting their perspective to dominate the lasting narrative.
NATO summit protests ended slowly but peacefully in downtown Chicago Monday evening near Grant Park. In the summit’s final hours, protesters moved away from international issues to focus on domestic ones, primarily immigration.
The head of Chicago's NATO host committee says she isn't worried about the city's international image following violent clashes Sunday between police and protesters.Photos and video of Chicago police hitting demonstrators with batons - and protesters throwing things at cops - aired on se
For me, the protests of my youth around issues like apartheid and the death penality were a personal journey that had clear goals. I got a different sense talking to protesters in Chicago this weekend.
Chicago Mayer Rahm Emanuel and his wife joined NATO spouses at the Joffrey on Sunday, where they watched a "short performance", which means that not even the arts could avoid this weekend's excitement. Guests received "a limited edition, Picasso-inspired silk scarf based on designs developed for the ballet Parade."