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Protest Organizers Appeal City's NATO Permit Denial

By aaroncynic in News on Mar 23, 2012 7:40PM

Organizers for the upcoming protests of the NATO summit in May filed an appeal today against the city's decision to deny a date change for one major rally. Last week, the city denied the request of protesters to move a May 19 rally to May 20, citing security and logistical reasons. The Chicago Tribune reports a hearing is scheduled for March 27.

Due to traffic concerns, officials also proposed a compromise route this week, which would begin at the Petrillo Band Shell, wind through the loop and then head south on Columbus Drive. Protest organizer Andy Thayer said that while the route meets the demands of marchers seeking a more visible path, the length could potentially run longer than the two hour, 15 minute time limit the city put on marches.