Three men were arrested earlier this week in Chicago during a late-night raid and were being held Saturday on terrorism conspiracy charges targeting four Chicago police stations, the Chicago headquaters for President Obama's re-election campaign, and the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, according to MSNBC.
The three men have been identified as Brian Church, 20; Jared Chase, 24; and Brent Vincent Betterly, 20. The three came to Chicago in late April to participate in the May Day protests, and have stayed ever since.
The three men contend that they were simply operating a home beer brewery and not making Molotov cocktails or planning to attack these locations.
Despite the seriousness of the charges, the three men's fellow activists say that the charges are unfounded.
"All I can say about this is, if you knew Brent, you would find that to be the most ridiculous thing you've ever heard," Bill Vassilakis, an activists who let the three men stay in his apartment in Chicago, told the Associated Press. "He was the most stand-up guy that was staying with me. He and the other guys had done nothing but volunteer their time and energy."
Security has been high throughout Chicago in preparation for the summit.