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May Day March Could Be A Sign Of NATO Protests

By Chuck Sudo in News on May 1, 2012 2:35PM

A Photo from the May Day protests in 2009. (Photo Credit: Liam Strain)

Today is May Day or, as it's known around the rest of the world, Labor Day. Recent May Day marches in Chicago have been quiet protests for immigration rights, but today's planned march from Union Park could be a precursor of what to expect during the NATO summit.

Occupy Chicago is a lead organizer for this year's march. Chicago Police are increasing the numbers of officers to monitor this year's march, as well. It all coincides with federal law enforcement patrolling the Loop this week, keeping an eye on federal buildings in what they call "Operation Red Zone."

The march begins at 1 p.m. at Union Park and ends at Federal Plaza. Other protesters will assemble at 10 a.m. at Jackson and LaSalle and march past the "too big to fail" banks they say misused federal bailout funds. An estimated 75 organizations are expected to take part in the march, and the number of protesters could rival the 100,000 who marched for immigration rights in 2006.