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Denial of NATO Protest Permit Upheld

Judge Raymond J. Prosser's ruling backs the city's contention that a parade through the Loop would hamper public safety and strain city resources

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Denial of NATO Protest Permit Upheld

Andy Thayer, one of the protesters, held a news conference Tuesday before heading to court to appeal a City of Chicago decision denying their request to move the date of a previously approved G8 march to coincide with the NATO meeting.

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Update: Protesters tentatively accept city's proposed, alternate route...

A city of Chicago administrative judge on Thursday upheld a decision to deny a parade permit to protesters planning on a march on the same day as the start of the upcoming NATO summit.

Judge Raymond J. Prosser's ruling backs the city's contention that a parade through the Loop would hamper public safety and strain city resources.

After President Barack Obama pulled the G8 out of Chicago, the Coalition Against the NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda reapplied to move the march one day later than the one for which they were approved.

Their orginal application allowed them to march from Daley Plaza to within earshot of McCormick Place on May 19.

The second application, for May 20, was denied, and protesters filed a formal appeal earlier this week.

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