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City to Peace Protestors:
Not Enough Cops

Chicago Public RadioWBEZ 91.5FM - City Room - News In Brief - LINK
Produced by Rob Wildeboer on Monday, February 09, 2009

GLN permalink posted February 9, 2009

Lawyers for the city of Chicago are expected to be in court today seeking to prevent a peace march marking the beginning of the Iraq war.

Peace activists want to demonstrate on Saturday, March 14, the week of the start of the Iraq war. They say they filed their applications for marching permits with the city first, but other events, St. Patrick's Day parades are taking priority and the city says there aren't enough cops to go around. Jennifer Hoyle is with the city's law department.

HOYLE: The downtown parade for example, we expect 100,000 participants and spectators so there's obviously a very substantial use of resources that day and then the next day again for the South Side Irish Parade so adding a third event to that would be a strain on the resources of the departments that have to respond to these situations.

Hoyle says the city offered marchers a permit for another weekend but organizer Andy Thayer says the march is meant to mark an anniversary. Thayer says the city has a pattern of denying permits to people who want to demonstrate against the Iraq war.


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