Friday, September 25, 2009

Pittsburgh G20 summit protests

A lot of people live-blogged the protests in Pittsburgh: there are dozens of videos, thousands of tweets.   I am going to prioritize the posting written accounts, such as Emily's.   (If you come across others I should include here, please leave a comment).

Emily Tanner, The Bleeding Heart Capitalist, This is what democracy looks like:

"I just got home from a wild night of observing the G20 protests. I'm going to start by saying, I was an observer rather than a protester in this situation....

"Seconds after we get there, police begin to advance without warning. They march at students who begin to run, while taking pictures. Riot police begin to surround the students but no action is taken. This crowd is mainly students, NOT protesters. Students are yelling Kent State, Kent State....

"At one point, an office jumped onto the sidewalk with his stick out. I immediately threw my hands up and continued walking, and he said to me, "Yeah, keep your hands up, you're the fucking problem." 

Martial Law on Pitt Campus  (In this post, Emily reposts excerpts from an anonymous individual's twitter feed. Emily comments ) "This is a twitter feed from last night. Earlier this kid declared that he wanted the g20 protesters out of his town - he's just a student, clearly not trying to riot or to protest."
  •  I'm back in my dorm room, which is filled with tear gas from a crack in the window. Getting videos and photos off of my camera. from Tweetie ...
  • I AM SAFE; THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH IS UNDER TOTAL POLICE CONTROL. THOUSANDS OF OFFICERS ATTACKING STUDENTS. THIS MUST BE TOLD!!! from qStatus

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