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Anti-War Group Meets With City Officials



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    STRASBOURG, FRANCE - APRIL 04: Protesters lie on the ground of the Europa Bridge in front of the German riot police during clashes protesting against the ongoing NATO summit on April 4, 2009 in Strasbourg, France. The summit of the 28 NATO member countries takes place on April 3-4 in Strasbourg, Kehl and Baden Baden on the 60th anniversary of the transatlantic military and political organization. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

    An anti-war group says they finally got the attention of city officials this week in the wake of a sit-in outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office.

    Members of a group calling itself "Coalition Against the NATO / G8 War & Poverty Agenda" met with several city officials Wednesday, including police Supt. Garry McCarthy, to discuss next spring's sure-to-be-feisty meeting dual summits.

    The NATO / G8 summits are scheduled for May 15-22. 

    Since they were announced, CANG8 said it has repeatedly been denied permit access to protest in Daley Plaza, which is, according to the group, "one of the few public spaces in downtown Chicago that can accommodate large crowds."

    CANG8 said the repeated denial "illustrates a pattern of actions demonstrating contempt for 1st Amendment rights by the Emanuel administration and its allies."

    There's no word on what came out of Wednesday's meeting.

    Immediately after the summits were announced earlier this summer, activists got to work making their plans to get the attention of world leaders.