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The Empire Strikes Back:

City Lowers the Boom On One of Our Organizers

During the course of Saturday's march, police leadership who know GLN's Andy Thayer by name repeatedly threatened to arrest him during the course of the spontaneous march in the streets. Deputy Commander James Keating, who on January 7th directed the felony arrest of Andy at protest against President Bush, was particularly belligerent.

As the last few people were leaving Federal Plaza following the end of the action, police cited Andy with violation of the city's parade permit ordinance, specifically parading without a permit. Here are the possible penalties, as outlined in Section 10-8-330, Subsection T of the Chicago Municipal Code:

"Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance, or any of the provisions of the regulations promulgated hereunder, shall be subject to incarceration for up to ten days and fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $1,000.00."

Andy's court date for the alleged violation is 9 AM, February 4, 2009 at 400 W. Superior Street, Chicago.


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