Tuesday, March 18, 2008

HUGE PROTEST DOWNTOWN CHICAGO 3/19/08

Will there be trouble tomorrow at the anti-war demonstration? We hope not, but an ounce of prevention, well... The following email blast went out to building management companies in Chicago's "Loop," the downtown business district that includes the Federal courthouse where Tony Rezko is being tried for fraud. In fact, this protest will start across the street. At 5:00, there were already no-parking signs up, and blue wood horses at the ready. The Bench will be there, camera in hand.

There is an odd passage in the email below: "There is the possibility that the group will attempt to continue their protest on March 20th by engaging in acts of civil disobedience. Building security should be vigilant as similar events have resulted in flyers being wheat pasted to buildings or windows being acid-etched with slogans." Does that sound "civil" to you?

Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Subject: Notice: March and Rally on March 19
Importance: High

On Wednesday, March 19th a Mass March and Rally to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the Iraq War will occur in Chicago. The event will start at Federal Plaza (Adams & Dearborn) with volunteers gathering at 5pm. The Rally will begin at 6pm in the Plaza and a March will begin at 7pm. The route is north on Clark, east on Wacker, north on Michigan to Oak Street.

The Chicago Police Department is concerned that some attendees might attempt to hang banners from buildings, cranes or other high points. There is the possibility that the group will attempt to continue their protest on March 20th by engaging in acts of civil disobedience. Building security should be vigilant as similar events have resulted in flyers being wheat pasted to buildings or windows being acid-etched with slogans.

It is suggested that buildings move security personnel to front positions and encourage them to be alert.

Immediately report any situation that appears to constitute a threat or suspicious activity to 911.

Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago
120 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1400
Chicago IL 60603
http://www.boma-chicago.org/