Photo: Occupy Chicago Arrests
Occupy Chicago started their version of this national movement peacefully until they refused to vacate city park property that effective closes at 11:00 p.m.
Occupy Chicago had a peak of 2,000 or so protesters in Grant Park on Saturday that dwindled down to 500 this early morning. The remaining protesters pitched tents even though Chicago police warned them the park closed at 11:00pm and they would be arrested if they remained.
Occupy Chicago is an off-shoot of what is being called a Global Day of Occupation which started with Occupy Wall Street in New York. The protesters have been protesting for the last 23 days in front of the Federal Reserve and on Saturday urged others to join them in a rally of support.
After being asked to leave again around 2:00 a.m. in the morning a total of 175 protesters were arrested for violating city code. They left vowing to return and chanting “The whole world is watching,” recalling the chant of the 1968 Democratic Convention.