Anti-War Protesters Collared at Obama HQ

Catholic Worker movement organizes first rally before NATO summit
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2012 4:06 PM CDT
Anti-War Protesters Collared at Obama HQ
Protesters sing in the Chicago building that houses President Obama's campaign headquarters.   (YouTube)

Eight anti-war protesters were arrested outside President Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago today after dozens of them burst in to kick off a "Week Without Capitalism," the Chicago Tribune reports. Assembled by the Catholic Worker movement, they listened to a protester read a statement in the lobby of a Loop building and soon filed out under the eyes of police officers. But those who refused to leave were handcuffed and escorted out, singing "This Little Light of Mine."

"We are here today to boldly proclaim our desire to live in a world where we say no to NATO and yes to community," said one activist in an online posting. "As Catholic Workers, we serve the poor by practicing the works of mercy." The protest was the first of several planned by various groups before the NATO summit in Chicago this weekend, MSNBC reports. "I didn’t expect it to start now, on Monday,” said an office worker watching the demonstration. “It’s a good test to see how things are going to go the rest of the week.” (More protesters stories.)

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