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Chicago anti-violence protesters try, fail to shut down the highway in the vicinity of O’hare Airport, 12 arrested

The police look up along a ramp that leads to the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, after protesters had planned to march west on Interstate 90 for about a mile.

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A dozen anti-violence protesters were arrested in Chicago on Monday after they tried and failed to block a highway leading to O’hare International Airport, police said.

Organizer Rev. Gregory Livingston said that the purpose of the demonstration was to draw attention to the lack of investment in neighbourhoods and districts where the bulk of Chicago shootings have unfolded.

State troopers blocked the ramp that leads to the Kennedy Expressway and warned protesters that they would be arrested if they do not run. The police arrested Livingston in the middle of the chaos, after he refused to turn back. “Arrest me,” he told the police.

rganizer of an anti-violence protest of the Rev. Gregory Livingston, center, is arrested while protesting along a ramp that leads to Interstate 90, known as the Kennedy Expressway, in Chicago, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018.

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The arrested were issued citations for pedestrians on a highway and released.

The violence in Chicago has continued with little relief.

Since Memorial Day, 1,026 people have been shot in Chicago, down only 15 percent from this time last year. There have been 162 murders since May 26.

Some critics have called for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who faces re-election next year, to resign.

“Our soul is weighed down,” Emanuel said of the deadly wave of shootings earlier this summer. “It is unacceptable to allow that to happen in the near of Chicago. We are a better city.”

Fox News’ Madeline Farber and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.

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