Occupy Chicago protest with anti-war group downtown
ASSOCIATED PRESS October 8, 2011 11:54AM
Anti-Wall Street demonstrators calling themselves Occupy Chicago teamed with the Midwest Anti-War demonstrators as they marched through the south loop Saturday afternoon. The march coincides with the start of the 10th anniversary of the Afghanistan war and called for the end to U.S. military action there. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: October 9, 2011 5:16PM
Chanting protesters from two different groups have filled portions of downtown Chicago.
The groups eventually joined forces Saturday afternoon.
Early in the day, at least 100 anti-Wall Street demonstrators calling themselves Occupy Chicago marched through the financial district.
Occupy Chicago is a spinoff of anti-wall Street protests in New York.
They held signs and chanted slogans including “This is what democracy looks like” before joining the Midwest Anti-War Mobilization rally.
That group gathered on the 10th anniversary of the start of the Afghanistan War to call for an end to U.S. military action there.
Protesters planned to march past President Barack Obama’s re-election headquarters and a military recruiting station.
Chicago police reported no arrests.
A similar anti-war event was held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.