300 cops on hand as
policies, burn flags
BY ABDON M. PALLASCH
More than 1,000 protesters
ered in the Federal Plaza in the
Loop Wednesday, calling for an
end to the Bush Administration.
They were surrounded
than 300 blue-helmeted Chicago
Police officers, some on foot, oth-
ers on horseback, prompting some
protesters to complain about an
"It seems like there
police here than there are peo-
ple," said Leslie Staniszewski,
of Chicago. "I don't know
they're expecting from a bunch of
pacifists. It's almost like they're
trying to provove something."
The protesters shouted
war and pro-choice slogans as
speakers stood on a podium and
railed against President Bush.
Some protesters burned
can flags, while others carried
signs including "Re-Defeat Bush,"
"Money for jobs and education,
not war and occupation," and
"Gay marrage is a civil right."
'Billionaires for Bush'
Comedian and radio
ity Aaron Freeman and fellow
performers dressed in costume to
become "Billionaires for Bush,"
holding signs such as "Wealth
Care Not Health Care" and call-
ing Bush "the finest president we
have ever owned -- he has been a
fabulous investment for us."
After an hour of speeches
cheering, they marched up Dear-
born Street surrounded by police,
who reported later in the day that
flags during the
water on the
helps stomp it
out. Police said
tion was other-
wise orderly and
that no arrests
the event was orderly and that no
arrests had been made.
The event was coordinated
with similar protests in other