While protesters chanted, “No pipeline,” several half-naked activists covered themselves in chocolate syrup, which they said represented oil. They then sat in the middle of the street in front of the consulate, pretending to be dead to highlight the environmental devastation they say the pipeline will cause.
“NATO uses its agenda to pursue oil in all these other countries. That’s half of why we’re waging war, right?” said protester Justin Bianchi, 35.
The demonstration, in which about 100 participated, was observed by Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, along with CPD officers on bicycles.
“Obviously there was a little bit of traffic disruption but we facilitated the flow,” said McCarthy. “And here we are. We’re doing exactly what we said we were going to do.”
McCarthy called the demonstration peaceful, adding that no problems had developed.
Article originally published on Chicago Talks.
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