Pittsburgh Braces for Big March After 66 Arrests

G20 protesters will take to the streets—legally
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2009 10:19 AM CDT
A protester is held in Pittsburgh Thursday.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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(Newser) – Pittsburgh police are preparing for a big afternoon march today after arresting 66 people yesterday. One big difference: Today's march to protest the G-20 summit is sanctioned, and organizers are requiring demonstrators to pledge to behave. Yesterday and last night, a group of self-described anarchists tried to march downtown before running into riot police, who eventually used pepper spray, the Post-Gazette reports.

Windows were broken at more than a dozen businesses; six people, including three officers, were treated at hospitals. An umbrella group of protesters deemed the effort a success: "What we've seen today is people's willingness to resist global capitalism despite the combined forces of state repression." But the owner of a Subway store with smashed windows didn't get it: "What did the protesters get from this?" he said. "This is just mayhem."