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Chicago war protesters get their march

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Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:49AM

Protesters against the war in Iraq get their march along downtown Chicago's "Magnificent Mile" Saturday, adding a little cunning to their resolve.

A year after being turned away from their desired route, protesters won city permission to parade along Michigan Avenue by following the acceptable plan of one of Chicago's most famous events, the Christmas-time Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

Marking the third year of the war, organizer Andy Thayer says the protesters and the March 18 Anti-War Coalition will feature floats and a rolling sound stage, just like the lights festival, the Chicago Tribune said.

After city officials rejected a planned downtown march last year, Thayer filed a freedom of information request for a copy of the lights festival application and then mimicked it in submitting his own request for this year. It worked.

"We have a right to protest vital issues of public policy on major streets," he said.


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