At Least 45 Arrests, Some Injured In Chicago Anti-NATO Clashes

Policemen in riot gear push protesters away from the site of the NATO Summit in Chicago May 20, 2012. Baton-swinging police clashed with anti-war protesters marching on the NATO summit in Chicago on Sunday and a lawyers’ group representing the demonstrators said at least 12 people were injured, some with head wounds from police batons. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

An anti-war and anti-NATO demonstration was held in Chicago yesterday.

REUTERS reported that police said four police officers were injured and 45 demonstrators arrested after baton-wielding police clashed with anti-war protesters marching on the NATO summit in Chicago on Sunday but a lawyer’s group assisting protesters challenged police figures, saying at least 12 protesters were hurt, some with head wounds from police batons, and more than 60 people detained.

The protesters in Chicago’s anti-NATO demonstration said that police were brutal and attacked peaceful demonstrators. 

Protesters in Bersih 3.0 riot in Kuala Lumpur also claimed the same but it was some of them who started the violence act.

Please click here for: Video-Bersih 3.0: Who Is Brutal?

I wonder why people are always making demonstrations nowadays.

Demonstration always starts peacefully but soon things will turn bad and police will be blamed.

A demonstration can become a riot from a riot can become a war.

So is that good ?

Why can’t adults find better ways to solve their problems or to say what they want?

Demonstrators march down Michigan Avenue during an anti-NATO protest march in Chicago May 20, 2012. A two-day NATO summit which starts May 20 will draw representatives from some 50 countries, including leaders of the 28 members of the military alliance. REUTERS/ Darren Hauck
Demonstrators flow out of Grant Park in Chicago during this weekend’s NATO summit Sunday, May 20, 2012 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Demonstrators make a futile attempt to stop a Chicago police officer from detaining a protester during this weekend’s NATO summit in Chicago Sunday, May 20, 2012 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
A protester is detained at a march and rally during this weekend’s NATO summit in Chicago Sunday, May 20, 2012 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Demonstrators assemble during an anti-NATO protest march in Chicago May 20, 2012. Chicago police trying to keep the peace during the NATO summit may face their biggest test on Sunday when thousands of demonstrators were expected to march near the site where leaders of the military alliance begin a two-day meeting. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Illinois State Police stand guard on Michigan Ave. during a protest march as a part of this weekend’s NATO summit Sunday, May 20, 2012, in Chicago. Security has been high throughout the city in preparation for the NATO summit, where delegations from about 60 countries will discuss the war in Afghanistan and European missile defense. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)
Demonstrators march during an anti-NATO protest march in Chicago May 20, 2012.  REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Demonstrators clash with the police during an anti-NATO protest march in Chicago May 20, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Chicago Police stand ready as over 10,000 protestors march through downtown Chicago during an anti-NATO protest march in Chicago May 20, 2012. REUTERS/Frank Polich
Demonstrators clash with police during an anti-NATO protest march in Chicago May 20, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
A demonstrator wears protective gear during an anti-NATO protest march in Chicago May 20, 2012.
Chicago Police use batons in an attempt to clear out over 10,000 protestors marching through downtown Chicago during an anti-NATO protest march in Chicago May 20, 2012. REUTERS/Frank Polich

Bersih 3.0 – A Poem By Ahmad Ali Karim

On April 28, 2012, there was a demonstration called Bersih 3.0 in Kuala Lumpur. The demonstrators damaged lots of things including plants and left a lot ofrubbish around the city. And they blamed others for their violent acts.

Bersih, Oh Bersih

Bersih, oh Bersih what have you done?

Breaking the laws and hurting people,

Stamping on a car just like a Tarzan,

Overturned the car just to cause trouble.

Why must they really had to do that?

Was the violence really that necessary?

They might even hurt their own cute pet,

What they did were really ugly.

They are ruining the people’s mind,

Telling them to riot, riot and riot,

Maybe next they’ll destroy an aeroplane,

Buildings and plants, just like bad robot.

Police brutality is what they claimed,

Twisting stories again and again,

Wanting others to be blamed,

My oh my, what a shame!

Bersih 3.0:In Videos-Police Brutality?/Video-Keganasan Polis?

Some people said that police brutality started the Bersih 3.0 riot.

(Please click here for: Bersih 3.0 Violence – The Ends Justifies The Means?) 

The Bersih 3.0 organisers, demonstrators and supporters said that they were peaceful until the police spray the water cannon and tear gas at 2:55 pm when the demonstrators broke the barricades at Dataran Merdeka. (Please click here for the videos).

Were they really being peaceful?

These videos were recorded on April 27, 2012, the night before Bersih 3.0.

I think that they were trying to provoke and make fun of the policemen.

In the second video, they called the police ‘anjing’ or dog in English.

Do they need to do all that?

And why must they do that?

Did they really mean to have a peaceful demonstration by doing all that even before the demonstration day? 

Please click here for more photos and videos.

In Malaysia if calling people ‘anjing’ is very bad.

You even should not call your enemy ‘anjing’.

And look what happened after the demonstration.

They threw rubbish all around and ruined things and plants.

I wrote a poem about Bersih , please click here: Bersih 3.0 – A Poem By Ahmad Ali Karim