Protesters arrested at Obama Chicago office ahead of NATO summit

Reuters News
Posted: May 14, 2012 3:33 PM
Protesters arrested at Obama Chicago office ahead of NATO summit

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Eight protesters were arrested at President Barack Obama's campaign reelection headquarters in downtown Chicago on Monday, giving local police a first taste of what is expected to be a week of protests centered on the NATO Summit this weekend.

About 100 protesters gathered at the Obama offices in a lakefront tower building as morning commuters were streaming into work. Eight were arrested on for trespassing at about 9 a.m. local time, Chicago police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak said.

According to local media reports, dozens of protesters entered the building and ran up escalators. The group, which was organized by the Catholic Worker movement, sang folk songs celebrating peace.

A representative for the Obama campaign had no immediate comment on the incident.

Obama hosts a meeting of leaders from the NATO military alliance beginning this weekend which is expected to include a discussion of the worsening situation in war-torn Afghanistan.

Protest organizers said they hope thousands of people will turn out to protest the war.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski. Additional reporting by Eric Johanson; Editing By Peter Bohan and Greg McCune)