On Sunday, thousands of protesters took to the streets around the NATO Summit in Chicago, with reports of extreme aggression toward the protesters and the media trying to cover it. Fourty-five protesters were arrested as crowds clashed with police late into the night.
Now that the boring stuff is out of the way, let’s get a better look at what’s really going on.
There is always going to be multiple sides to a story, all depending on who you hear it from. I’ve read plenty of tweets and blog posts about the protests over the past few days, but the most accurate depiction of what’s going on street level can be found at my friend Laura’s twitter account: @laurapcd1. She knows so much and actively participates in protests around the country, recently within the Occupy movement. Or go down there yourself, it’s cool, no ones stopping you.
Recent re-post from @laurapcd
This is a great post. Each of these people update consistently with new pictures, videos, links, and re-tweets. There you will find the truth of what’s going on.
I’ve also got some great photos taken from the protests by my friend Mike. His photos really give you an up close, almost vulnerable look into the people behind the protests. Including the police… http://imgur.com/a/FpAX3#0
Follow Mike on Twitter: @Eisentower30
*Update: Mike posted a video of the NATO protests on Vimeo here.
Wait, you think I’m just going to tell you everything? Wrap everything up in a nice little package for you? I can’t and I won’t. I won’t be a product of the business as usual blog ecosystem. I like to talk about what I’m interested in, sometimes it’s indisputable fact, other times it’s a matter of my word against yours, and that’s where I draw the line. You and only you are going to believe what you want to believe. I’m here to show you the door, not open it for you. ∞
Photo Credit: Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune, May 20, 2012