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22 May

Scott Olsen, U.S. Vet Who Nearly Lost Life at Occupy Protest, Brings Antiwar Message to NATO Summit

We’re joined at the NATO summit in Chicago by Scott Olsen, who survived two tours in Iraq but almost died when he was hit with a police projectile at an Occupy Oakland protest last year. Olsen returned four of his medals at Sunday’s antiwar march. When asked why he’s joined the Occupy movement and is protesting against the heavily policed NATO summit, Olsen says, “I’m going to make every effort I can to show them that we’re doing the right thing, we’re in the right, and no matter what they do to any of us, we’ve got each other’s backs, and we’re going forward.”

Guest:

Scott Olsen, Marine veteran who was critically wounded at an Occupy Oakland protest last year when he was shot in the head by a police projectile. He participated in Sundays veterans’ protest in Chicago, where he hurled his military medals toward the NATO summit.

Amy Goodman: Tim McIlrath of the band Rise Against singing the song “Hero of War” at the rally outside the NATO summit here in Chicago on Sunday. This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman.

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