Chicago relents: G8 protesters can use Daley Plaza

December 23, 2011 12:12:44 PM PST
Chicago officials now say protesters can use Daley Plaza during the G8 and NATO summits next spring.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the city's Public Building Commission has assured the American Civil Liberties Union that the plaza will be "open to public assembly and public activity" during the summits.

The real estate company that manages Daley Plaza already had denied an application from protest organizers to gather there during the summits. But the building commission says the company made a mistake by considering an application before Jan. 1.

The meetings will be held May 19-20 between members of NATO and the Group of Eight -- France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada, Russia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

Meetings will include discussions about the future of coalition operations in Afghanistan.

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