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Group rallies against proposals to increase fines for protesting

Delal Pektas | Dec. 22, 2011
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A group protested at Chicago's City Hall today to rally against some proposals from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Those proposals are aimed at NATO and G-8 protestors who will be in town in May. They include increasing fines for those who are arrested for protesting.

Andy Thayer opposed the measures and said these proposals threaten an individual's right to assemble.

"People have made note of the very dramatic increase in penalties. For example, resisting arrest - what is interpreted as ressisting arrest - things like simply going limp," Thayer said.

The proposal still needs approval from the City Council. If passed, the fines for resisting arrest could be increased to $1,000.

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