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News :: Globalization
G20 UPDATE: Street Battles in Pittsburgh
24 Sep 2009
An unpermitted march called by the Pittsburgh G20 Resistance Project yesterday developed into a series of clashes with police across the city. The march began in Arsenal Park at about 2:45 PM with between 500 and 2,000 people, depending on whose estimate one believes.
An unpermitted march called by the Pittsburgh G20 Resistance Project yesterday developed into a series of clashes with police across the city. The march began in Arsenal Park at about 2:45 PM with between 500 and 2,000 people, depending on whose estimate one believes. A feeder march of students contributed to the numbers.

Heading east on Liberty Street toward downtown and the David Lawrence Convention Center, the march was turned back in the area around 36th Street. Police used multiple canisters of tear gas, while marchers responded by rolling a dumpster downhill toward the police. Many residents of the area were also affected by the clouds of tear gas.

Police also deployed Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) weapons, a first at a US protest. These truck-mounted devices emit a loud, high-pitched chirp that is meant to be unbearable to those without ear protection, but appeared in videos of the march to have little effect.

The marchers retreated back west, walking or jogging slowly. More dumpsters were rolled out to block police vehicles. The march broke up into smaller groups, many of which reassembled in Friendship Park a little after 4:30. This new march, instead of trying to approach the convention center again, took off westward, toward the Shadyside business district.

Around Baum and Liberty protesters threw rocks and chunks of asphalt at police who were shooting rubber bullets. A handful of arrests were made, including one where the police shot rubber bullets at their victim after he had been detained.

During the afternoon windows were broken at a KFC, a Boston Market, a BMW dealership and a PNC Bank branch. Several cop cars were also reportedly damaged. No damage was reported to the independent businesses in the Strip district through which the original march went, despite alarmist speculation in the corporate media before the G20.

A protest made up of mostly students later formed, apparently spontaneously, in the vicinity of Schenley Plaza, near the University of Pittsburgh. The students clashed with police for several hours before finally being dispersed with large quantities of tear gas. More on this later.

As of this writing there have been less than 100 arrests, considerably fewer than expected going into the G20.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1fnkOmIRLA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRsqSJtdF5s

http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/bigstory/archive/2009/09/24/quot

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