More than a thousand protesters have flooded downtown Chicago on the second day of protests against the upcoming NATO summit. A few skirmishes took place with police using batons on protesters.
This comes as about 2,500 people attended a rally at a downtown plaza on Friday. However the biggest demonstrations are yet expected to take place Sunday when the NATO summit kicks off.
Around a dozen activists were arrested on the eve of the gathering – three were charged with conspiracy to cause terror.
As RT’s Anastasia Churkina reports the protest was peaceful at first, but then crowd become a little bit unruly with some people jumping over police barricades. Police eventually used batons against the protesters injuring some of them.
Many of the demonstrators who joined the march on Saturday are OWS movement activists who are outraged with income inequality in the US.People are saying they don’t what the NATO summit to be taking place in Chicago. They don’t think their leaders should be focusing on Afghanistan, but rather focusing on withdrawing all troops from there, Churkina says.