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Chicago cardinal praises anti-gun march on local highway

Hundreds of protesters led by Chicago priest Fr Michael Pfleger and anti-gun activists filled a major Chicago highway for about an hour on 7th July demanding that city officials do something to stop gun violence in the city.

The march was preceded by a lot of discussion, right up to march itself, on how much street space the protesters could take. Initially, they were given half of the northbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway, separated by a barrier made up of trucks, emergency vehicles and uniformed officers, but after more negotiations at the scene between Fr Pfleger, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and local police officials, the marchers were given full use of the northbound lanes.

In a statement after the march, Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich said he was thankful that city and state law enforcement officials co-operated to allow the protest to take place. “Now it is time for all of us, especially our leaders, to take up with vigour the concerns raised by our young people and all those who marched today,” he said.

Days before the event, he issued a statement applauding “the courage shown by young people in our city and across the country demanding their right to life and human dignity, given by God and guaranteed by our nation’s founders.”

Picture: Fr Michael Pfleger, parish priest of St Sabina Parish in Chicago, leads the ‘Dan Ryan Shut Down’ protest on 7th July in Chicago. Fr Pfleger and hundreds of anti-gun activists filled a major Chicago highway for about an hour demanding that city officials do something to stop gun violence in the city. (CNS photo/Tannen Maury, EPA).