This is “Democracy in action” according to the thugs. Really? Dead cops represents democracy in action?
Several thousand protesters spent five hours peacefully chanting, singing and marching against war. At the end, nearly 40 young veterans dramatically took their military medals and hurled them toward McCormick Place, where world leaders met behind closed doors.
It was supposed to end there — at Michigan and Cermak.
But a “Black Bloc” of about 100 anarchists wanted something else. The group, which chanted “What do we want? Dead cops!” as it left Grant Park at 2 p.m., surged to the front of the protest crowd and tried to break through the imposing line of Chicago cops in riot gear blocking its path.
Then, in a scene Chicagoans feared ever since the city learned it would host the NATO Summit, the two sides violently clashed on live TV, with police nightsticks flailing and protesters unleashing a volley of sticks, bottles and at least one rock.
Other than that, it was mostly peaceful.
The battle at Michigan and Cermak flared and then slowed, and then flared again in bursts between 5 and 6:30 p.m. By then, much of the Black Bloc had slipped away, leaving behind a scene of bloodied protesters and four injured cops, including one stabbed in the leg.
They want cops dead and one is stabbed. Let’s hope there are attempted murder charges being brought.
The Black Bloc anarchists had gathered under the shade of trees behind the Petrillo Band Shell before the march started.
“We are a leaderless resistance,” they chanted, dressed from head-to-toe in black clothes, with bandanas covering their faces.
Some wore helmets and body armor and carried anarchist black and red flags on hefty wooden poles; others brandished trash can lids fashioned into shields.
Locking arms to stay in a tight group at the center of the march, they tried to exclude any outsiders who ventured too close.
“I’m sorry if I have to stab you later,” one menacing Black Bloc member threatened a Sun-Times reporter, pulling off the reporter’s shoe and telling him, “Go ahead a——, punch me.”
The Bloc grew to around 150 as it freewheeled through the march down Michigan Avenue, at times shoving aside other marchers who didn’t share their dress sense or politics.
Such a tolerant, lawless mob. Democracy in action.