Bride's big day marred by Occupy protest

May 22, 2012, 06:17 IST | Agencies

A couple had some unexpected wedding crashers when their big day was over run by protesters

It was not so much a happy ending ... as a noisy one. As Elizabeth Potts and Tim Alberts stepped out of the church in which they’d just married, one imagines the last thing they’d have expected was for their big day to be hijacked by Occupy Chicago protesters.

Stop ruining our wedding! Elizabeth Potts and Tim Alberts look shocked to be caught-up in protests in downtown Chicago. Pic/AFP

But after exchanging their vows, the newlyweds found themselves in the middle of a huge anti-Nato rally, which was also targeting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget cuts.

Standing open-mouthed among protesters chanting ‘Whose streets? Our streets’, the furious couple — both Chicago residents — were caught on camera telling the wedding party to ‘get out of here’.

Elizabeth Alberts, a spa aesthetician, was also heard asking passers-by if they had taken her bouquet, before leaving the scene. There were high tensions and frequent clashes between protesters and police during the rally, as violence broke out in pockets around the city. Police in riot gear surrounded the downtown areas of Grant Park and the Loop, and also patrolled train stations.

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