Massive police presence in Pittsburgh takes fight out of protesters
Michael Saul September 26th 2009 nydailynews.com
Police and protesters in Pittsburgh face off as world leaders meet at the G20 summit.
PITTSBURGH – Police in riot gear lined the streets of the Group of 20 host city in an overwhelming show of force Friday as thousands of protesters chanted, waved signs and blew bubbles.
Unlike Thursday, when police tossed tear gas and fired rubber bullets to rout protesters who threw rocks and smashed store windows, Friday’s “People’s March” through the hilly streets of Pittsburgh produced no serious clashes.
The presence of hundreds of police sparked outrage among the demonstrators, who never got closer than half a mile to the G20 meeting site.
“We don’t need the United Police States of America,” said Cindy Sheehan, the antiwar advocate who famously protested outside former President George W. Bush‘s ranch in Texas. “I was telling the cops, ‘You’re facing the wrong way. Face the banks.’”
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