Protestors who want to march on the NATO summit set for Chicago in May could soon learn if they will be allowed to do so on the date of their choice. Originally protestors wanted to march on May 19th and were granted permission to do so. But now that the president has decided to hold the G8 summits at Camp David, protestors say they must march on the 20th so their voices can be heard during the NATO summit.
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The city rejected their request saying there simply wasn’t enough police and other city workers available. Several groups of protestors are challenging that decision. With or without a permit, organizer Andy Thayer says he’ll be on the streets of Chicago. “We’ve got a permit and it’s called the First Amendment of the Constitution and if the city wants to blanket out all permits for Sunday, May 20th I think they’re going to have a lot more than just us to deal with,” Thayer said. If the protestor’s appeal is denied, attorney Jeffrey Frank says there will be legal action. “It’s unlikely we would appeal this up to the municipal court system because the standard for appeal is ridiculous so if we went anywhere it would be federal court,” Frank said.