‘Black Christmas’ protesters to hold march on Christmas Eve

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CHICAGO – There won't be much of a Christmas break for Chicago street protesters.

They are trying to keep the heat on Mayor Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, demanding they resign.

On Christmas Eve, a number of community groups will hold another march. They're calling it BlackChristmas.

The Coalition for a New Chicago and The Latino Coalition for Change announced Tuesday that they will take part.

Organizers are hoping to recapture the energy of the march held the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday. That demonstration gained national attention, as it came only days after the Laquan McDonald shooting video was released.

Protesters marched down Michigan Avenue with the goal of shutting down, or at least making it difficult, for business. Stores reportedly took a 25 to 50 percent sales hit.

Gregory Livingston of the Coalition for a New Chicago said the justice system in Chicago has been compromised and he accused Mayor Emanuel of covering-up the Laquan McDonald shooting.

Protesters also planned to hold a die-in at City Hall Tuesday.

Two weeks ago, demonstrators laid in silence around City Hall for 16 minutes; one minute for the 16 shots that struck Laquan McDonald.

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