Demonstrators plan to shut down Dan Ryan Expressway in protest against gun violence, which killed 600 people in the city last year

Thousands of Chicago protesters will attempt to march on a major highway on Saturday to oppose gun violence and call for stronger gun laws.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s police superintendent have voiced support for the protest, which is led by the Rev Michael Pfleger, the charismatic Catholic priest heading a largely African American church in one of the South Side neighborhoods hard-hit by gang violence.

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