Chicago Newlyweds Caught In NATO Protests

Melissa Knowles
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Newlywed bliss turned into a nightmare for one Chicago couple this weekend. Beth and Tim Alberts were married Saturday and were attempting to take pictures of the happy moments after their wedding ceremony when they were interrupted by protests near Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago. Thousands of antiwar protesters filled downtown streets as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) gathered for a summit in the area to discuss alliances, international security, and war policies.

As the Albertses were exiting the church they had just said their vows in, swarms of Occupy Chicago participants marched by and chanted, disrupting the wedding party as they tried to enjoy the moments after the ceremony and snap a few shots. In a video captured by the Chicago Sun-Times, Beth can be heard saying, "Let's get out of here." That's exactly what happened next: The wedding party gathered and left the area.

NATO is a political-military alliance that consists of 28 member countries, including the United States. President Barack Obama, as well as heads of state from around the world, is in attendance. The summit is noted as the most important diplomatic forum of the year.


Today marks just the third day that the Olympic flame will be traveling through England, and some people are in an uproar over what some of the lucky Torch bearers have chosen to do with the beloved treasures. Torches have been appearing on eBay for sale, with one fetching a bid of nearly $241,000.

Torch bearer Sarah Simonds sold her torch to an anonymous bidder before she even began her route. Simonds said the proceeds of the sale will go to a charity that benefits community gardeners called the People's Plot. Simonds is not the only one selling her piece of history. Other carriers have sought to cash in on the soon-to-be-historical artifacts, not just selling their torches, but also the official Olympic outfits that they've worn while carrying the torch. The torches are worth close to $632, but are sold to torch bearers for about $376.

Public reaction to the sales has not been good, with some people sending Simonds harshly worded emails and tweets.

Simonds defended her decision, saying, "Obviously it has really upset people but I think that it's not something that is really me, to keep my shiny trophy on a mantelpiece when it is obvious how much good one can do with the money." The Olympic flame will continue to travel through the country until it arrives at its final destination, Olympic Park, on July 27.