UPDATE: Photojournalist Injured As Thousands Protest NATO Summit
Poynter reported this was one of several incidents in which journalists were injured or arrested during the protests.
Josh Stearns has compiled images of alleged unfairness against journalists covering the anti-NATO protests.
Getty photographer Joshua Lott was arrested, the National Press Photographers Association said.
NPPA's lawyer Mickey H. Osterreicher is working with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to support a hotline for journalists arrested or assaulted while covering the NATO summit protests, which end Monday. A demonstration against Boeing is expected.
According to CBS:
Many downtown businesses have told their employees to stay home during the second and final day of the summit — where world leaders are discussing the war in Afghanistan, European missile defense and other security issues — because of traffic snarls and the possibility of more protests.
More than two dozen Metra rail stations along a line that carries around 14,000 riders in from the southern suburbs on most weekdays will be closed, and stations and platforms patrolled by a larger contingent of law enforcement personnel and K-9 units. The Chicago Transit Authority will have to reroute 24 buses through the summit zone.
On the final day of the two-day summit, Obama focused on stabilizing Afghanistan and ending the war "responsibly," the LA Times reported.
Thousands of protestors filled Chicago's sweltering streets on Sunday to voice their opposition to NATO and the government leader's who are meeting in the Windy City this week, CBS said.
The mostly peaceful protest was interrupted by occasional violence, however. From the Chicago-Sun Times:
A sea of blue-helmeted police officers began violently battling with the protesters just before 5 p.m. The fights stopped and started and stopped for the past hour. A strong flare-up of violence erupted around 5:30 p.m. — just as lightning began flashing to the east as a stormfront moved in.
After an hour of pushing, yelling and aggressive crowd control tactics, police pushed the block of protesters back about 50 yards. Although most of the pushing and shoving has subsided by 6 p.m., a protester could be seen being dragged away by police.
Demonstrators had a variety of reasons for protesting the summit. According to Bloomberg:
Demonstrators’ grievances, expressed in chants and on signs, included condemnations of NATO forces in Afghanistan, Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, Wall Street, and domestic budget cuts to education.
More than two dozen military veterans appeared on a stage with the summit site as a backdrop to renounce the medals they received for their service.
“The military handed out cheap tokens like this to soldiers and service members to fill the void where their conscience used to be,” said Greg Miller, who identified himself as a U.S. Army veteran, as he tossed a Global War on Terrorism Medal and a National Defense Medal from the stage.
A block from where Miller spoke, the police crackdown began when about 20 police officers riding bicycles and wearing helmets, backed by scores officers wearing body armor and wielding batons, blocked the north end of the procession.
Three activists were arrested lasat week in a suspected bomb plot against Obama's campaign headquarters, Rahm Emmanuel's home and other targets, the AP reported. Two more men were arrested Sunday on suspicion of manufacturing bombs to use against the NATO summit. Defense attorneys claim the charges were trumped-up to frighten away legal and peaceful protestors.