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BrianD3 2012/05/21 11:07:41
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Chicago (CNN) -- Protesters vowed to carry out disruptive demonstrations Monday in Chicago, a day after baton-wielding police clashed with demonstrators in a violent confrontation that left dozens injured just blocks from where NATO leaders were gathered.


Security was expected to be tight on the final day of the two-day NATO summit, which has played out against a backdrop of protests that has seen thousands taken to the street to protest everything from the war in Afghanistan to the economy.


Occupy Chicago, one of the groups that helped organize the demonstrations, took to social media to urge people to join in another planned demonstration at 10 a.m. ET on Monday.


Dozens were injured in a melee Sunday that came at the end of a largely, peaceful demonstration that began in Chicago's Grant Park, where President Barack Obama delivered his presidential acceptance speech in 2008.


The clashes began at the end of the march, just blocks from the NATO summit, after a group of protesters refused police orders to disperse and began physically pushing against a line of police officers clad in riot gear.


A video from CNN affiliate WLS showed protesters, some with bloodied faces, struggling against the officers, some of whom used their batons to strike the demonstrators.


The confrontation led to a two-hour standoff between police and protesters before it broke up, with demonstrators heading toward the Chicago Art Institute where First Lady Michelle Obama was reportedly set to host a dinner.


While some protesters held a sit-in near the institute, others took to the streets to block traffic.


Chicago Police and Occupy Chicago both reported injuries in their ranks during the clashes earlier in the day.


At least 45 people were arrested Sunday and four officers were taken to the hospital with injuries, said Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. One officer had been stabbed in the leg, he said.


"They rallied. They charged the cops and they assaulted the officers," McCarthy said. "The finger should be pointed at the people who assaulted the cops."


McCarthy accused some protesters of splashing red paint on themselves to make it look like they had been wounded.


Protesters accused police of brutality, taking to Twitter with photos purporting to show bloody and beaten protesters.


"The police have several demonstrators detained behind their lines, calling for medics. Bloodied protesters being dragged out of sight now," Occupy Chicago wrote on its Twitter page earlier in the day.


Occupy Chicago said dozens were injured in the clashes, though less than a dozen protesters were treated at area hospitals, officials said.


The protest groups said more than 100 people were detained by police.


"Now almost 100 strong here," tweeted one Occupy protester, who claims to have been detained.


A city official, who was not authorized to talk to the media on police matters, told CNN that confrontation began when about 75 to 100 protesters refused to leave the area after being told to disperse.


They threw bottles and other objects at police, the official said.

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  • All American 2012/05/21 11:15:39 (edited)
    Occupy is the epitome of ASTROTURF
    All American
    +5
    Theatrics, histrionics or whatever it takes, these people are hell bent on disrupting any and everything they can. They seem aimless, shiftless, goalless and pointless... and add worthless to that as well.

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  • Dee 2012/05/22 05:42:38
    Occupy is the epitome of ASTROTURF
    Dee
    +1
    I really don't care if they splash paint on themselves, just keep the paint off of other people's property.
  • Swampdog PWCM 2012/05/21 23:46:52
    These losers represent nobody but mental patients and criminals
    Swampdog PWCM
    +1
    George Soros is the one behind this. He has "community organizers" doing his dirty work! The organizers are the only ones getting paid. The rest are idealistic students who picked stupid majors as their main course of study.
  • relic 2012/05/21 18:07:36
    These losers represent nobody but mental patients and criminals
    relic
    +1
    I say "Shoot To Kill."
  • Charles E 2012/05/21 17:07:47
    Occupy is the epitome of ASTROTURF
    Charles E
    +2
    After the pretend 99% apply their pretend injuries they should get some real injuries and be taken to a pretend hospital.
  • Mo 2012/05/21 13:47:57
    Occupy is the epitome of ASTROTURF
    Mo
    +1
    I call it "Castroturff"
  • ROLMAO 2012/05/21 13:34:35
  • Charles E ROLMAO 2012/05/21 17:09:30
    Charles E
    +2
    But rember that the White House lease is up in January.
  • ROLMAO Charles E 2012/05/21 17:20:54
  • Stryder 2012/05/21 12:00:12
    These losers represent nobody but mental patients and criminals
    Stryder
    +3
    The Chicago and Illinois State police were brilliant this weekend. The protest pansies didn't know what hit them.
  • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/05/21 11:55:59
    These losers represent nobody but mental patients and criminals
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    +4
    The OWS has most of it's adherents aligned perfectly with the Communist Party USA and beyond.

    In another time or place, these OWS would've been shot on the street.
  • Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll 2012/05/21 11:31:43
    red paint? that is brilliant!
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    NATO are a bunch if scumbags. Keep protesting them.
  • BrianD3 Mr.Hood... 2012/05/21 11:33:32
    BrianD3
    +2
    I dont care for NATO either but you wont see me beat up a cop over it
  • Mr.Hood... BrianD3 2012/05/21 11:36:49 (edited)
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    Yea well. Cops beat up people everyday so when a cop get his ass handed to him once in a while it doesn't bother me one bit. Anyway those cops are working for the enemy. Just the way it goes.
  • Stryder Mr.Hood... 2012/05/21 12:01:19
    Stryder
    +2
    So do you consider America the enemy?
  • Mr.Hood... Stryder 2012/05/21 12:07:28
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    Is Nato American?
  • Stryder Mr.Hood... 2012/05/21 20:51:16
    Stryder
    +1
    Nope. But we're a part of it. As are a lot of our allies. Hence, my question to you.
  • Mr.Hood... Stryder 2012/05/22 11:05:14 (edited)
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    I'm American and I'm not part of NATO. When did the people vote to be part of NATO? I don't remember that happening so how can you even say "we" which is including you? Did you have a vote for this country to be part of NATO?
  • Stryder Mr.Hood... 2012/05/22 11:13:31
    Stryder
    +1
    Like it or not, your country IS part of NATO. Deal with it.
  • Mr.Hood... Stryder 2012/05/22 11:16:03 (edited)
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    Exactly another forced move upon the people. Don't you love having no choice? I don't have to deal with a damn thing. I personally hope those scumbag's planes fall out the sky when they leave. Every single last one of them.
  • JanHopkins Mr.Hood... 2012/05/21 12:06:15
    JanHopkins
    +2
    OK. Now I'm confused. The Democrats support the occupiers. Chicago is a Democrat city. The police work under the the Democrat administration but they are working for the enemy. What did I miss?
  • Mr.Hood... JanHopkins 2012/05/21 12:08:33
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    You missed the part where being democrat doesn't matter. The police are working for NATO.
  • JanHopkins Mr.Hood... 2012/05/21 12:26:54
    JanHopkins
    +1
    OK. That helps.
  • BrianD3 Mr.Hood... 2012/05/21 12:35:36
    BrianD3
    +1
    oh, I thought they worked to keep order in Chicago
  • Mr.Hood... BrianD3 2012/05/21 12:54:14
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    Not when NATO is in town. Their job is to protect those scumbags. The cops should be out there with the protesters pushing NATO out of America if you ask me. That would be protecting and keeping order in Chicago.
  • BrianD3 JanHopkins 2012/05/21 12:35:16
    BrianD3
    +2
    heck, the cops are even UNION.....you would think that the OWS people would appreciate them
  • JanHopkins BrianD3 2012/05/21 14:07:00
    JanHopkins
    +2
    Good point.
  • U-Dog 2012/05/21 11:28:52
    These losers represent nobody but mental patients and criminals
    U-Dog
    +3
    Honestly, I still can't see what the morons hope to attract other than flies and other completely confused incoherent losers and dredges.

    Can 1 in 100 people even define what they are loosely about?
  • BrianD3 U-Dog 2012/05/21 11:29:57
    BrianD3
    +1
    I believe they are ANTI everything
  • U-Dog BrianD3 2012/05/21 11:30:31
    U-Dog
    +2
    Must be.
  • Primiti... BrianD3 2012/05/21 13:36:49
    Primitive Christian
    +1
    except for free stuff.
  • BrianD3 Primiti... 2012/05/21 16:20:02
    BrianD3
    +1
    right, forgot that. I guess they are not against drugs, drum circles, public urination and rape either
  • BrianD3 BrianD3 2012/05/21 16:20:34
    BrianD3
    +1
    and there is no way they are against violence since they seem to embrace it with enthusiasm
  • Cliff 2012/05/21 11:25:59
    These losers represent nobody but mental patients and criminals
    Cliff
    +4
    Chicago needs these guys.
  • All American 2012/05/21 11:15:39 (edited)
    Occupy is the epitome of ASTROTURF
    All American
    +5
    Theatrics, histrionics or whatever it takes, these people are hell bent on disrupting any and everything they can. They seem aimless, shiftless, goalless and pointless... and add worthless to that as well.
  • BrianD3 All Ame... 2012/05/21 11:21:36
    BrianD3
    +5
    all those and more...funny thing though...them protesting NATO.....I kinda thought they were for some sort of utopian one world government....
  • All Ame... BrianD3 2012/05/21 11:25:05
    All American
    +5
    NATO is a "collective" effort between many countries, you would think they would like that.
  • BrianD3 All Ame... 2012/05/21 11:30:19
    BrianD3
    +2
    that is what I am saying.....these kids make no sense
  • sglmom 2012/05/21 11:11:17
    Occupy is the epitome of ASTROTURF
    sglmom
    +3
    My, my, my ..
    nothing like FAKE ..
    I hear they also jumped on police van last night
    and then 'claimed' they were run over too ..
    (oh, how convenient .. wonder how many ambulance chasers were in the crowd)

    Dearie me ..
    the little scamps are getting more and more juvenile with their little stunts ..
  • BrianD3 sglmom 2012/05/21 11:22:14
    BrianD3
    +3
    glad the media is not covering for them

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