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What kind of NATO protests could we see?

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Back in January, the anti-consumerist website Adbusters had high hopes for mass protests in Chicago right around this time. 

“On May 1, 50,000 people from all over the world will flock to Chicago, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and #OCCUPYCHICAGO for a month. With a bit of luck, we’ll pull off the biggest multinational occupation of a summit meeting the world has ever seen,” a January blog post reads.

No protests of that scale have actually materialized so far, but many protest organizers have their sights set on later in the month. Just yesterday, Occupy Chicago announced plans to “shut down” Boeing’s headquarters in downtown Chicago on May 21, the last day of the NATO summit.

To get a better sense for what kind of protests we might expect during and leading up to the NATO summit on May 20 and 21, Steve Edwards talks with two protest organizers Thursday on Afternoon Shift. Occupy Chicago member Micah Philbrook and longtime protestor and spokesperson for the Coalition Against NATO/G8 Andy Thayer stop by to talk about what they expect later this month. 

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