By Yana Kunichoff
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
On Monday, the streets in front of Boeing’s corporate headquarters (HQ) were eerily similar to those in other countries where Boeing operates its defense business: bodies lying immobile on the ground, armed law enforcement ready to bring out reinforcements and the constant shuttering of media paraphernalia.
But the scene wasn’t taking place in Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya. The bodies on the ground were in downtown Chicago, part of a “die-in” and protest outside of the defense contractor’s office as part of the week of action against the NATO summit coming to Chicago, and joined by several hundred police officers that were part of the beefed-up enforcement around protests during the summit.
“Boeing is one of the major corporations that raised money to bring the summit here,” said Micah Philbrook, with Occupy Chicago. “Instead, that money could have been well better spent in our own communities.”
Pointing to the heavy police presence, Philbrook said: “These people that are meant to serve and protect us are here serving and protecting the military arm of the 1 percent.”