Skip to comments.G-20 opponents, police clash on Pittsburgh streets
Posted on 09/24/2009 8:20:46 PM PDT by myknowledge
PITTSBURGH — Police fired canisters of pepper spray and smoke at marchers protesting the Group of 20 summit Thursday after anarchists responded to calls to disperse by rolling trash bins and throwing rocks.
The afternoon march turned chaotic at just about the time that President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrived for a meeting with leaders of the world's major economies.
The clashes began after hundreds of protesters, many advocating against capitalism, tried to march from an outlying neighborhood toward the convention center where the summit is being held.
The protesters banged on drums and chanted "Ain't no power like the power of the people, 'cause the power of the people don't stop."
The marchers included small groups of self-described anarchists, some wearing dark clothes and bandanas and carrying black flags. Others wore helmets and safety goggles.
One banner read, "No borders, no banks," another, "No hope in capitalism." A few minutes into the march, protesters unfurled a large banner reading "NO BAILOUT NO CAPITALISM" with an encircled "A," a recognized sign of anarchists.
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Watched it on the news all day. There was a large group of Penguins fans chanting “let’s go Pens” carrying a mock Stanley cup. They were louder than the protesters. At $92MM for security, it is costing about $100k per protester and about $20MM for each broken window.
“G-20 opponents, police clash on Pittsburgh streets”
NOW I SEE! These are the way civil “opponents” behave, not like us rude, un-american, mobs. Now I know what to wear and how to be polite at the next townhall meeting...
The protesters are getting their voices heard, albeit in a violent manner. Every G20 summit has always attracted ‘anarchist’ thugs like these.
Are you happening to be a Pittsburgh resident?
Hippies aren’t the only protesters present, anarchists are, so why not soak an anarchist with tomato juice?
But nooooo, the Pittsburgh PD robocops want to demonstrate their robocop brute strength.
Police fired canisters of pepper spray and smokeWrong ammo.
Did anyone else see the person with the American flag and the ‘Don’t tread on me’ banner beneath run towards the walking hippies? They stopped on the sidewalk and just stood there.
...wearing matching outfits,
chanting slogans in unison,
carrying identical (black) flags.
Do they realize how foolish their movement is?
They are just using these idiots to bring on Martial Law/Control.
Pittsburgh closed Pitt, Duquesne, Robert Morris, Point Park, Carleton College, Carnegie Mellon and the Pittsburgh school district. This freed up a sea of more than 100,000 potential protesters within the city limits. They got 800.
It’s so great that the left is non-violent.
Looks like an expensive staged show for commie news and socialists to me. They cover this but not a million people peacefully protesting big government. BTW the G20 has socialists in it as well. Mrs. Obama had dinner for their wives. Overlords come in all political persuasions.
Looks like the protesters are hanging in the Strip?
And the MSM hasn’t called them an “Angry Mob” nor has Pelosi been critical of them either.
Yes, and why?
There was a picture of a march Tuesday made up of “students, homeless people (!) and community organizers”.
It didn’t occur to the reporter that these “homless people” had to have been paid by the “community organizers”.
I’m with the robocops on this one.
I oppose them [the demonstrators]
I happened to catch a “Let’s Go Pens!” when the local news was showing film of the protestors and their signs. There, amid all the super-seriousness of the professional protestors, were Pittsburghers reminding everyone of what was most important in this town. Global warming and anti-capitalism be dammed - we want another Stanley Cup!
CNN got Tear Gassed:
They’ve been staying in abandoned houses in Lawrenceville/Bloomfield. I was expecting so much more violence ie the Seattle of years ago. I was driving by the 40th street Bridge to get home and was counting the protest stragglers. Guys with man purses... clearly not from Pittsburgh. They cleared out 1,000 prisoners from the jail to make room for these fools, but it seems they aren’t too keen on being arrested.
I believe you are right, Unkus. The tea parties and townhalls have been peaceful, much to their disappointment, I'm sure, so time to initiate the riots themselves. Lousy, manipulative commies.
Hard to know if they are still causing trouble, but the “protestors” were breaking windows in other neighborhoods tonight. Local news cut off when it started getting dicey. People would not disperse, protestors changed clothes to blend in with Pitt students.
Makes one wonder how many of these protesters are part of
Zero’s college volunteers that are working toward their promised degree and I would guess that the ones with their faces covered are paid protesters that were bused in. Don’t
some of you freepers know any of the cops around this area
that you could ask a couple questions ? Mr/Mrs Zero is loving
all this because it’s a small part of their overall agenda!
Brian Todd, CNN, when they tell you to leave or get tear gassed that means YOU LEAVE!
Pittsburgh G20 Resistance Project
Thursday, September 24, will feature a People’s Uprising, a mass march to disrupt the G-20 summit. We’ll be starting at Arsenal Park at 2:30 pm in Lawrenceville, a vibrant working class community in the city, and marching to the G-20 summit downtown. Our theme is “Power from Below, Not Impositions from Above.” Our only permit is our feet and voices. The G-20 is in the house, throwing a party. Let’s crash it.
Friday, September 25, we’ll be working to undermine the G-20 summit by attacking their power, making connections to the local manifestations of their neoliberal agenda. The folks that gather in the convention center represent large governments that draw their power from collusion with powerful corporations, governments that draw their wealth from resource extraction and destruction to our world, and governments that maintain their forces through the direct violence of police forces and militaries. Without these structural supports, their power will disintegrate. The G-20 is in a house of cards: let’s shake the table.
The action working group of the Pittsburgh G-20 Resistance Project has drawn up a list of 100 potential targets, and many groups will be claiming a destination somewhere in the city. We call for these coordinated actions to end at 11:30 am in which we will demonstrate: we do not need to be together physically to be together in struggle.
We encourage people to form affinity groups with those that they know and trust, to have a familiar faces to stick with in the streets and people to organize and take action with. An affinity group is when you get together with folks who are on the same page as you about what kind of action you want to do.
this does not appear to be ending, just moving to new neighborhoods.
An agenda to drum up support for globalist G20.
The real anarchists were in South Central LA rioting way back in the day.
Judging by the sign most of them are carrying, it doesn’t look like they’re protesting big government at all. Does that say “Job for All” under the picture of Martin Luther King? I also see one that says “Healtcare NOT Warfare.”
Sorry, I don’t buy that I have anything in common with these clowns. I certainly have nothing in common with their fellow travelers whose idea of making a political point is trashing the property of their fellow citizens.
Looks like rain all day Friday.
The anarchists have a "recognized sign"? I don't think this writer has any idea what an anarchist actually is. Next he'll be saying they have formal meetings, and bylaws, and dues, and tidy up the area after their demonstrations are over.
I was actually thinking the same thing. As soon as the anarchists start throwing stuff, they get heavier stuff thrown right back at them.
I'm thinking a compressed-air-powered catapult tossing 20 pound water balloons (heavy nylon case) would do a number on them. All the photographers would get would be impressive splashes from the water balloon impacts, which would not look bad, but they would hit like hell.
Thanks for taking the pictures and sharing with us.
Neither do these "anarchists". They're actually Communists. The only part of government they want to eliminate is the part that protects private property and prevents their taking stuff via Mob Rule.
You mean the leftist media isn't telling us the truth???
Well yes, quite a few.
But nooooo, the Pittsburgh PD robocops want to demonstrate their robocop brute strength."
Why do you call the Pittsburgh PD Officers "robocops"? Is it because they are wearing protective gear? Do you really think the reason the Officers in riot gear showed up at an anarchist street protest was to "demonstrate their robocop brute strength"?
Good pictures and and interesting commentary.
>> Exactly. By throwing vegetables you not only break up the riot, but demonstrate your complete contempt for the people protesting. I mean being tear gassed has some status in the anarchist community. Being pelted with rotten fruit, not so much. Besides everything would be bio degradable and quite literally in the case of the watermelons green. By hurling produce at the protesters we are just doing out part to save the planet. <<
Throw Rotten fruit at the hippie commies...???????
Why not buy cheap mickey Dee’s Hamburgers since most of those punks are vegan pukes. I would spend 20 bucks for 20 burgers to throw at them. Maybe throwing hamburgers would make them run away and disperse. We could cook up a large batch of beef and chicken broth (diluted a bit if course) and spray them with super soakers filled with it.
And of course you could get a bunch of lard and fill water balloons with it and toss it at them.
Libturds protesting/fighting libturds.... Does it get any better?
Pass the popcorn...and oh, add more butter this time.
Too bad we couldn’t organize some tea party protesters to act as “Human Shields” by standing in front of businesses or forming human chains around businesses to protect the windows from these commie scum.
I would love to see a hippie freak with a hammer come upon a shop window protected by several of us hand in hand in front of a building with “Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirts.
Of course politely ask the business owner if you can protect their business first so that you are an invited guest of the business. Explain that these G-20 protesters get violent and break things and you are doing your civic duty to help protect private property from these thugs.
Something like this, of course wouldn’t be reported by the OSM, but at least it would be a feel good story for Talk Radio and FOX News.
I don’t what all the comotion they are making is about. They got their man in the WhiteHouse and even as we speak and type he is doing their bidding.
All they need to do is give him a few more weeks and he will accomplish all their goals for them.
Of course; the media will characterize the peaceful, US constitution adhering tea party attendees as "dangerous right-wing radicals" while portraying the G20 protesters as "activists simply trying to have their voice heard".
The media and these commie rioters sicken me. I hope all of these animals feel the sting of rubber bullets, pellets, pepper spray and the business end of a baton before being shipped to cuba in a cargo container.
“Too bad we couldnt organize some tea party protesters to act as Human Shields by standing in front of businesses or forming human chains around businesses to protect the windows from these commie scum....”
I don’t think I could restrain myself....I’d want to knock one into next week.