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News :: Globalization
Preemptive Repression in Pittsburgh
21 Sep 2009
Police have begun harassing suspected protesters in the days leading up to the G-20 meetings in Pittsburgh.
Police have begun harassing suspected protesters in the days leading up to the G-20 meetings in Pittsburgh.

Last Friday evening Pittsburgh police impounded a bus belonging to Seeds of Peace, an organization devoted to providing food and emergency medical care to activists at protests. A Seeds of Peace member named Thea was arrested for providing false information to police officer, because she gave the officer her nickname instead of her full name, Cynthia. Thea was released later that night, and Seeds of Peace retrieved their bus after paying a fee.

Police also harassed Seeds of Peace volunteers on private property where another bus was parked and demanded the right to seach the bus. The volunteers refused, citing their Fourth Amendment rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in federal court this morning on behalf of Seeds of Peace and the Three Rivers Climate Convergence. According to the ACLU's web site, a hearing has been scheduled for tomorrow at 10 AM.

In addition, police descended on the Landslide Farm this morning in force. Four police vans and eight motorcycles surrounded the farm, with about 30 cops, with no warrant, swarming over the property and peering into buildings. Landslide residents were variously told that the farm was an abandoned building and that they were being evicted, and that building inspectors were going to shut the farm down because tires were being stored there.

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