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Occupy my wedding: Bride's big day ruined as anti-Nato protesters descend on Chicago

A bride and groom walk past as Chicago Occupy Wall Street Protesters march through the streets of downtown Chicago, Illinois, May 19, 2012
A bride and groom walk past as Chicago Occupy Wall Street Protesters march through the streets of downtown Chicago, Illinois, May 19, 2012

John Hall

AS ELIZABETH Potts and Tim Alberts stepped out of the church in which they’d just married, one imagines the last thing they’d have expected was for their big day to be hijacked by Occupy Chicago protesters.



But after exchanging their vows, the newlyweds found themselves in the middle of a huge anti-Nato rally, which was also targeting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget cuts.

Standing open-mouthed among protesters chanting ‘Whose streets? Our streets’, the furious couple - both Chicago residents- were caught on camera telling the wedding party to ‘get out of here’.

Mrs Alberts, a spa aesthetician, was also heard asking passers-by if they had taken her bouquet, before leaving the scene.

There were high tensions and frequent clashes between protesters and police during the rally, as violence broke out in pockets around the city.

Police in riot gear surrounded the downtown areas of Grant Park and the Loop, and also patrolled train stations.

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