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Petition Asks Emanuel To End Occupy Arrests




    Occupy Chicago protesters try to set up camp in Grant Park Saturday night, but Chicago police wouldn't let them stay. (Published Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011)

    An online petition is asking Mayor Rahm Emanuel to let Occupy Chicago protesters stay in Grant Park without being arrested.

    Organizers of the local anti-Wall Street protest say the petition had collected nearly 10,000 signatures Friday.

    Occupy Chicago Protesters Get Out of Jail

    [CHI] Occupy Chicago Protesters Get Out of Jail
    Arrested activists undeterred after getting arrested in Grant park Saturday night. (Published Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011)

    Police arrested 175 protesters early Sunday after hundreds refused to take down tents and leave Grant Park when it closed at 11 p.m. the night before.

    Organizers didn't seek a permit to be in the park after hours, saying they stayed because they need a home base for the growing movement.

    Emanuel Speaks Carefully After Occupy Arrests

    [CHI] Emanuel Speaks Carefully After Occupy Arrests
    Watch as the mayor frames the mass arrests as a city imperative. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011)

    The petition asks Emanuel to stop the arrests and respect protesters' right to assemble.

    It also says, "Don't let this end like 1968," an apparent reference to the Democratic National Convention of that year when Chicago police violently clashed with about 10,000 protesters.