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Testimony starts on Chicago summit protest permits

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:23:03 CDT
By: AP

A hearing is under way in Chicago on whether activists will be able to get a parade permit to protest during the NATO summit May 20. An official for the city's transportation department has testified about why he denied a parade permit even though it was identical to one he'd approved for May 19. Chicago Department of Transportation Assistant Commissioner Michael Simon says his denial was based on police department concerns about handling the movement of more motorcades through the city compared to those expected for G-8. Activists are appealing a denial of their request to march. Organizers are promising to file a lawsuit if the city rules against them. Activists have a permit for May 19. Now activists want to change the date to coincide with NATO.

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