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The protests and those taking part are however almost an integral part of G8 and NATO summits. As such they should be covered. World leaders may not like protesters raising objections to the power they wield but they have a right to be seen and heard. After all the US years ago berated countries such as the Soviet Union for repressing freedom of speech.
Perhaps this is why Russia Today is always quick to cover these news events. 2,500 people attended a rally in Chicago Friday May 19, 2012, and problems have been ongoing since. There are reports of police officers using batons to control events. Today around 1,000 protesters are expected to swell the ranks of those opposing NATO. Of those already arrested three are said to be terror related.
Many of the activists have links to OWS, the occupy wall street movement. They are objecting to a NATO meeting which is focusing on Afghanistan, when the USA has more than enough of its own worries. High unemployment has hit the US hard. Most protesters want the US troops withdrawn from Afghanistan sooner rather than later.
Both sides tell their story slanted to their own ends. However the footage shows that US authorities are trying to curb freedoms in the US. Ironic as they continue to preach the reverse for other countries such as those in the Middle East.
Updates to follow
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