NATO Heads for Chicago
Chicago faces hostile NATO invasion.
by Stephen Lendman
A $100 million NATO invasion is coming. Low intensity conflict may follow. The "City of Broad Shoulders" may get more than it bargained for.
Nelson Algren once called Chicago the "City on the Make." NATO's May 20/21 "on the make" invasion isn't welcome.
Chicago NATO.org announced an Obama-hosted "diplomatic summit." Thousands plan protests against it.
The Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty issued a statement, saying:
"The city has carried out a campaign to intimidate and vilify protesters, claiming that protests lead to violence. In fact, the main source of violence in the world today is the wars being waged by NATO and the US."
"We will march in May during the NATO meeting to deliver our message: Jobs, Housing, Healthcare, Education, Our Pensions, the Environment: Not War!"
"We and tens of thousands will be in the streets that day for a family friendly rally and march, with cries so loud they will be heard in Camp David and across the globe. We will be in the streets that day to fight for our future, and speak out against the wars and their cutbacks are designed to benefit the 1% at the expense of the 99% of the world."
Last August, dozens of activists from 73 organizations met to plan large protests and marches when NATO arrives. United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) coordinator Joe Lombado said "(t)he entire world will be watching us."
NATO doesn't foster democratic values, liberation, and peace. It's about wars, death, destruction and human misery. It requires draconian austerity and soaring debt to support it. A Chicago-style welcome awaits.
Organization representatives fear large scale crackdowns before and during protest demonstrations. Those involved plan to repudiate confrontations. They'll also stand up for their constitutional rights.
Dozens of NATO heads of state and other top officials plan attending. Large delegations are coming with them. So are similar partner nation contingents.