Obama Moves G8 from Chicago to Avoid?

There has been so much talk the last year, about G8 coming to Chicago….now, it’s not!  President Obama feels Camp David will provide a more comfortable environment.  Hmmmmm.  Perhaps  they are just avoiding all the planned protests and countless security risks?

Protesters who’ve been planning for months to converge on Chicago for
a pair of important world meetings this spring say they have a message:
No G-8? No problem.

The decision by the White House to move the Group of 8 economic
summit to Camp David while the NATO summit remains in Chicago might have
split the reasons to protest. But it won’t diminish the number of
people – tens of thousands, by some estimates – who plan to come to
Chicago for a rally and march to protest everything from war to poverty,
said Andy Thayer, a leader of the Chicago Coalition Against War and
Racism and the Gay Liberation Network and one of the principle planners
of the Chicago protests.

White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor said security
and the possibility of protests were not factors in the decision. He
said Camp David, the rustic retreat in the mountains of Maryland, was a
setting that would allow for more intimate discussions.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police officials have insisted they could
handle any trouble. Chicago has had fewer problems with the Occupy
protests than many other cities, and police officials had been
consulting with other departments about how to handle large protests.
Even so, many downtown businesses have been preparing for the
possibility of riots.

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