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US: Thousands demonstrate at political rally in Chicago October 13

Thousands demonstrate and march in Chicago to encourage high voter turnout in upcoming November 6 midterm elections; lingering traffic disruptions possible over the coming hours

13 Oct 07:23 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 10/13/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/13/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Chicago). COUNTRY/REGION Chicago

Event

Thousands of people demonstrated and marched in the "March to the Polls" event in Chicago (Illinois) on Saturday, October 13, to encourage high voter turnout in the upcoming November 6 midterm elections. The demonstration began at Grant Park on Saturday morning (local time) and an associated march, which began at 12:30, was slated to run through Downtown Chicago toward Federal Plaza before participants go to early voting sites.

A heightened security presence and lingering traffic disruptions are to be expected near the route over the coming hours. Similar demonstrations are possible in other American cities ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.

Context

Many participants in the demonstration have reportedly denounced the perceived "anti-woman agenda" of President Donald Trump's administration and the recent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Advice

Individuals in Chicago are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

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