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Anti-NATO protestor pleads not guilty to mob action

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An anti-NATO protester accused of throwing two Gatorade bottles at police pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Alex Cerajewski, 20, of Porter, Ind., was arrested about 10:40 p.m. on May 20 in the 100 block of South State Street and later charged with one count of felony mob action, police said.

Cerajewski is accused of hurling two Gatorade bottles at police and urging "Black Bloc" anarchists to blend in with other protesters, prosecutors said.

On Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty before Judge Colleen Sheehan, according to Cook County State's Attorney's office spokesman Andy Conklin. Cerajeski if currently free after posting 10 percent of a $50,000 bond, according to the Cook County Sheriff's office.

During the protest, Cerajewski, dressed head to toe in black, urged Black Bloc members to infiltrate the larger masses of protesters near the Art Institute of Chicago, according to police.

After throwing bottles at officers stationed in front of the museum, he took off his black garments and walked away, before being arrested a few blocks away.

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