30+ arrested at downtown protest calling for Gaza ceasefire

CHICAGO — A protest in the Loop calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza ended with Chicago police declaring a mass arrest event when participants refused to disperse on Friday morning.

A Chicago police supervisor at the scene estimated that 32 people were arrested—19 women and 13 men. He said his information was preliminary.

Some protesters had been in the area since Thursday, participating in a “24-vigil to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza,” ABC7 reported early this morning.

After the news report was filed, participants began blocking streets near the federal building at Jackson and Dearborn. CPD officers were heard giving repeated warnings to disperse, starting around 7:30 a.m. About 30 minutes later, police began arresting uncooperative protesters.

CTA temporarily rerouted some bus lines while the protest was underway.

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