Skip to comments.Chicago protest calling for Emanuel to resign shuts down highway
Posted on 08/02/2018 4:53:55 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
An anti-violence protest in Chicago briefly shut down traffic on a busy city avenue on Thursday as dozens of protesters called on Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) to resign.
The Chicago Tribune reports that about 150 demonstrators blocked traffic on the southbound side of Lake Shore Drive around 4:15 p.m. local time, blocking traffic while city snowplows prevented traffic from approaching the area.
Demonstrators called for Emanuel to step down citing his support for tough policing tactics in the city as well as a climbing murder rate.
There are too many killings in Chicago, there are too many police-involved killings in Chicago, one of the demonstrations organizers, Tio Hardiman, told the newspaper. Its time to change the narrative in Chicago.
The road was reopened by 5:00 p.m. CST, according to the Tribune. The protest, which occurred on the city's North Side, was meant to inconvenience wealthier residents of Chicago's more affluent areas, according to those who attended.
Its good to be a little uncomfortable. Its one day of discomfort, not a lifetime of discomfort, one protester said, according to the Tribune.
I think its a great idea, said another. You can protest for a decade on the South Side without getting any attention. Come up here, you can reach people untouched by violence. You got a lot of rich whore people who, its not their problem. I guess you can make it their problem.
The protest occurred on the first day of the Lollapalooza music festival and the same day as a Chicago Cubs baseball game, which both drew thousands to the city. Organizers were originally hoping for a larger turnout and had suggested they would attempt to enter the Cubs stadium.
We have people who are committed, who are ready to get arrested, Rev. Ira Acree, an organizer, told The Tribune earlier this week. And those who dont, theyll stay back. But certainly, people are going to get arrested. And we will have attorneys and people who will provide resources to bail them out.
Have you ever read the articles about murders every weekend?
I don't believe Chicago newspapers ever asked Rahm for a comment.
Maybe his friend Obama can stop the protest.
Oh, I see now, the murders on the south and west sides of Chicago are the fault of the rich on the north side. Yeah, thats the ticket!
They were expecting thousands. This is a major fail.
They're not causing the murder problem. It's thugs in the hood.
Obama retired due to term limits and is back to his home in Kenya. May visit his anti-Trump command center in DC or one of his dachas, of course.
He could try lying prone on the highway to dramatize the protest cause. Everyone would stop for him, of course, unless he was mistaken for a speed bump. Lots of those around, you know.
If it's an anti-Trump rally they'll mobilize thousands.
Do not want him to get angry...
Emanuel is going to pretend he knows nothing about this.
Eventually, someone is going to provoke him into a shrieking, cursing rage. That brittle mask of dignity will fall off and expose the real ‘thing’ underneath.
A Bus like the one in Mad Max & Thunderdome with Master Blaster driving needs to show up and clear a path. It wouldn’t happen again.
I wish, for once, these “protesters” would really impress me and block a set of railroad tracks. Blocking roads is for sissies.
The thugs invaded a lovely, quiet neighborhood, filled with people who have less than NOTHING whatsoever to do with the stupid, fatherless for generations now, miserable black thugs who rampage through their own neighborhoods killing each other.
Yep. 150 people in a city that size is nothing.
Rat vs Rat fight. Sit back and enjoy the show.
Should have protested outside the gay bath house. Better chance he’d hear it.
Too bad that highway traffic didn’t shut down the protest.
If you get my drift.
Yes, make it uncomfortable for rich white folks. Theyll continue moving out and therell be nobody to pay for all your social programs!!
*THIS* former Chicagoan took my six figure income and bailed on Chicago and Illinois, moved to another Midwest state, got a raise in take home pay from lower taxes, way less traffic, way, WAY better schools and a neighborhood my kid feels safe in.
SUCK IT, CHICAGO!!
“Oh, I see now, the murders on the south and west sides of Chicago are the fault of the rich on the north side. Yeah, thats the ticket!”
Right. take guns away from people in Freeport or Galena...that will stop the crime in Chicago.
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