"War is going to break out on the streets," one demonstrator excitedly told Fox News. “Big plans are being made.”
* * *Such tools, supporting the very policies that create poverty and income disparity. Well, they haven't been able to garner much support in the past, so it will be interesting to see if this fizzles as well.
Big-name protestors, like the Rev. Jesse Jackson and 1960s radical Bill Ayers, are expected to be among the demonstrators.
In order to prepare for police confrontation, training sessions are being held for protestors around the city, which include educating dissenters on “non-violent direct action,” said Zoe Sigman, of Occupy Chicago.
At a press conference Thursday, held in a grungy building in Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood, a group of mostly white 20-somethings lined up to take their turns speaking to the media about their various causes for protest, which include war, poverty, health care and jobs.
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Occupy Chicago is not obtaining the permits that the city required to protest because “its our right to walk down any street," member Rachael Perrotta said. “We’re bringing in people from all over the country, so expect huge crowds and huge crowds will happen.”
Another group leader, Andy Thayer, from the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War and Poverty Agenda, or CANG8, urged supporters to ignore threats from Chicago officials. “Don’t believe the fear-mongering of Mayor (Rahm) Emanuel," he said.
Thayer promised they’d stand up to authority. “If there are any violations of free-speech rights, we’ll place the blame first and foremost on President Obama,” he said, “This president has got to say to Rahm Emanuel …cut the hell out, guarantee the rights." Supporters cheered.
It's estimated that tens of thousands of people are going to arrive by plane, car and bus for what the demonstrators said will be “10 days of action” in the Windy City.
The “action” includes mass marches down city streets, including the ones closed by police for the NATO summit. When asked whether the group plans any confrontations, Perrotta said, “If the police get violent with us, we’re prepared”.
Perrotta also said Occupy Chicago will attempt a shutdown of Boeing's headquarters, and "there will be events that pop up that have not been disclosed yet".
I wonder how they plan to deal with LRAD devices.