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First Day Of Protests Mostly Peaceful

The first day of NATO protests in the streets of Chicago was mostly peaceful

Saturday, May 19, 2012  |  Updated 5:00 AM CDT
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Charlie Wojciechowski reports on the first day of NATO Protests.

Charlie Wojciechowski reports on the first day of NATO Protests.

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The first day of NATO protests in the streets of Chicago was mostly peaceful. 

National Nurses United kicked off the day with a march from the Sheraton Hotel on Columbus Drive to Daley Plaza where they held a rally that culminated with a performance by guitarist Tom Morello. The city estimated that around 2,800 people attended the rally. 

Afterward, groups of protesters splintered off and marched in different directions. The nurses, for the most part, boarded buses and left. 

One group then headed North on Michigan Avenue. Police did detain one protester from that group but later let him go with no charges. Police News Affairs would not classify it as an arrest. 

Chicago Police blocked streets as the protesters moved toward the Chicago Tribune Tower. 

Here, police did make an arrest. One man was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer after the incident, according to Melissa Stratton of Chicago Police News Affairs. 

 Another line of protesters headed from the nurse rally east to Grant Park. Police tried to keep them on Columbus Drive, but the protesters managed to work their way into the park. 

After a brief surge near the Michigan Avenue bridge, the groups appeared to lose steam and their numbers began to thin. 

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