The visiting pastor tried to calm everyone down, as did several other people who were attempting to keep order. People started chanting and stomping.That last one is so sweet I'm going to have to save that and use it again and again. I think we have a pretty good idea of the political orientation of those who started the problem, and I think we can understand now why CBS 2 wouldn't want to disclose to their viewers who was involved."Hit the road! Hit the trail! Racist Minutemen go to Hell!"Things just went dowhill from there. It got louder and more unruly. The news cameras whirred away, the cameramen turning this way and that as various people stood up to should above the melee. The pastor and other leaders tried in vain to quiet the gathering. The cops started looking concerned. The crowd changed chants."The cops, the courts, the Minutemen -- all a part of the boss's plan!"
"No free speech for terrorists!" chanted the demonstrators...
..."They have to know that their racist ideas are not going to be tolerated," said protestor Maria Melquiades of Chicago. "Racism kills. You don't debate racism," she said.
"All immigrants are welcomed and Minutemen are not," said protestor John Eriksen of Chicago. "Where they are, they need to be shouted down because they are racists and Nazis," he added.
The forum had to be cancelled when police were called in to disperse the protestors. Officers arrested one demonstrator for disorderly conduct.
...A statement released by [ICIRR] read: "Our organization has no interest whatsoever in contributing to an event in which people could be hurt and that allows extremists to vent their hatred or that further exacerbates tensions at a time when our nation is interested in solutions. We have always welcomed debate with those with different views than ours, and will continue to do so. But we reject needless provocation that may lead to people being hurt."
"I didn't see any Minutemen act up in that church," said [Rosanna Pulido, Illinois Minuteman Project Director]...
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