Chicago rejects NATO summit protest march plans


The city of Chicago has rejected a request by anti-war protesters to march through downtown Chicago on May 20, the first day of the NATO summit.

The protesters already had a permit to march along the same route — from Daley Center Plaza to McCormick Place — one day earlier. That was the date the now-moved G-8 summit was to have begun.

But when President Barack Obama moved the G-8 conference earlier this month to Camp David, Md., the protesters put in an application for a city permit that asked to move their march back a day, to Sunday, May 20, to coincide with the opening of the NATO summit.

The Chicago Department of Transportation now says the planned protest would “substantially and unnecessarily interfere with traffic” if it were held on that Sunday. (more on