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Occupy Chicago Sun Oct 23 2011

More than 100 Arrested as Occupy Chicago "Takes the Horse"

Occupy Chicago Demonstration

More than 1,000 Occupy Chicago demonstrators marched to the corner of Michigan and Congress on Saturday night as the movement attempted to occupy Grant Park for a second week in a row.

After hours of demonstrating, dozens of protestors were arrested around 1am on Sunday while supporters chanted, "ONE - We are the people! TWO - We are united! THREE - The occupation is not leaving!"

The protest was as notable for its size as its orderliness, with demonstrators hosting conversations weighing the pros and cons of risking arrest and police officers glacially moving towards detaining the protestors. Nearly two hours passed between when the police shut down the park and the first protesters were escorted to CPD trucks in plastic restraints.

More photographs from the demonstration are below.

Occupy Chicago Demonstration

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dio / October 24, 2011 11:20 AM

Its funny, you stay a few extra hours after closing, being non-violent in an open and very public area in Chicago you get immediately arrested.. a police officer ( needs to shot 3 people before a months-loooong investigation gets started...

dio / October 24, 2011 12:17 PM

Intersting info an the events, from the Guardian:

1.04pm: I've just been speaking to Martese Chism, a registered nurse who was arrested at Occupy Chicago after police tried to clear the camp on Saturday night and then spent 23 hours in jail.

Chism was one of two nurses arrested – and one of 130 people in total – arrested by Chicago police after they failed to disperse from their Grant Park camp.

"I was surprised that we were arrested," she said. "We weren't there to protest, we were there to set up a first aid base."

Chism, who works at Stroger hospital in Chicago, said she was handing out water to dehydrated protesters and providing other care.

She was arrested at 2.30am on Sunday, and released at 1.30am this morning. The worst part, Chism said, was the cold temperature of the cell – which was accentuated when her mattress was taken by police, without explanation.

"It was rough. It was cold," she said. She said police told her she was detained for so long as there was a wait to be finger-printed, but added: "We were seeing other people, who weren't protesters, get processed in 2-3 hours. It was to send us a message, to stop us protesting."

Chism was part of a picket line formed by National Nurses United outside Rahm Emanuel's office this morning, and said the treatment would not deter her from protesting again.

"At first I was like I'm not going to do this ever again," she said. "But then when the guard refused to give us our mattress, I though I'm not gonna let no one abuse my rights."

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