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The Occupy Chicago Arrests: Rahm Emanuel's 'Dry Run' for G8 and Nato?

Never mind free speech, Chicago's mayor wanted to show protesters who was boss ahead of May's summits, says attorney

The most interesting revelation from Wednesday's mass court hearing at the Daley Center in Chicago on the Occupy arrests – probably the single largest joined criminal case in the Chicago's history – was the suggestion that Rahm Emanuel may have personally ordered the arrests of the peaceful Occupy Chicago protesters back in Grant Park in October 2011. At least one of the affidavits submitted by Thomas Durkin, a lead attorney for the defendants, suggested that. As Durkin argued:

"This was Mayor Rahm Emanuel being Mr Tough Guy to show the world that they can come for G8 and Nato. It's as simple as that. There was no need to make mass arrests on this night. There was no need to show Mr Tough Guy. It was a show of force. It was stupid."

The evidence is starting to point that way. Shortly before 11pm, on Saturday 15 October, a police supervisor with rank told the Occupy protesters that they were going to be allowed to stay in Grant Park and protest, so long as they kept the volume down. It was actually an ironic moment when the "human microphone" started urging protesters, in its uniquely reiterative way, to be quiet so that guests in the neighboring hotels could sleep. It had a surreal element to it – but that fit nicely with the performative aspects of the Occupy movement.

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They've got to stop having these G8, G20, NATO meetings. Period. Or at least stop having them in cities. Couldn't they just video conference on Skype....for free? Tom


John Ruberry said…
The park where the Occupiers wanted to camp closes at 11pm. The city turns down Boy Scout troops and similar groups who want to camp there, why should Occupy Chicago get an exception? And these occupiers, which I wrote about in my blog, volunteered to get arrested. Yep, they did. Those wearing green arm bands indicated they wanted to get busted, yellow ones--gasp!--weren't sure--red armed protesters didn't want to get arrested. The police gave all of them ample warning that if they didn't leave they'd be taken in.

Now they are using these arrests to cry "oppression."

And people fall for it.

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