NATO Protests Planned in Chicago

    U.S. President Barack Obama, centre right, watches French President Nicolas Sarkozy, centre left, as the leaders line up for a group photograph at the G8 summit in Deauville, France, Friday, May 27, 2011. Rich countries and international lenders are aiming to provide $40 billion in funding for Arab nations trying to establish free democracies, officials said at a Group of Eight summit Friday.The officials didn't provide a breakdown of where the money would come from or when, or what it would be for. But the overall message from President Barack Obama and the other G-8 leaders meeting in this Normandy resort appeared to be warning autocratic regimes in the Arab world that they will be shut out of rich-country aid and investment, while new democracies are encouraged to open their economies. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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    Protesters said on Tuesday that the White House’s decision on Monday to move the G8 summit from Chicago to Camp David won’t change their plans to protest in the city this spring. A major NATO meeting is still scheduled to take place in Chicago over the same period, and organizers say they anticipate tens of thousands to turn out for the rally. “Guess what? The protests are going to happen anyway because if [protesters] are upset about G8, they have just as much reason to be upset about NATO,” said Andy Thayer, a protest planner and Chicago activist. The Obama administration said that the meeting of the Group of Eight was moved to the secluded presidential retreat to “facilitate a free-flowing discussion with our close G8 partners.”

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