Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pittsburgh's Cowardly Cops at G-20 Summit

Police Brutality in Pittsburgh after the G20

Pittsburgh's G-20 Summit Protest March 2:30PM 9/24 09/24/09 01:09PM

Police fire tear gas at G20 protesters

An unpermitted anti-capitalist protest march towards the G20 summit in Pittsburgh has turned violent today, with police firing tear gas after protesters barricaded the street.

With authorities braced for trouble on the eve of the summit of industrialised nations, officers ordered several hundred protesters from a group calling itself the G20 Project Resistance to stop their planned march, which they said was not sanctioned by the city.

According to news agency reports, officers made their announcement over a loudspeaker telling people to leave or face arrest or “other police action.”

However protesters are reported to have responded to the demands with violence, overturning six rubbish bins that were barricading the street and rolling them towards police. Some protesters are also reported to be using pallets and corrugated steel to block a road.

Leaders of the G20 nations, including President Obama, began arriving in Pittsburgh tonight after the end of the UN General Assembly in New York. The two-day summit is aimed at shoring up the world economy and tightening rules after the financial crisis.

Pittsburgh mounted a massive security operation as heads of state arrived for the meeting set to be dominated by banker bonuses, stimulus “exit strategies” and rebalancing world growth.

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