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Pittsburgh Hosts Super Bowl of Protesting

Posted by evankessler on September 25, 2009

It’s been quite the year for raucous street gatherings in Pittsburgh. The Steel City has hosted parades for both the Super Bowl and Stanley Cup champions, which means they’ve had plenty of practice for this week’s Super Bowl of Protesting.  The G20 is in town and just as sure as every NFL game has a coin toss before the kickoff, you can be sure that each time this group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors from around the globe get together to discuss pressing issues such as how to prevent further global economic crisis– they’ll be met with a few spirited protests all in the name of “Anti-capitalism.”

Inevitably when the unstoppable force of the global economy meets a stubbornly immovable object, such as defiant protesters marauding through the city center and smashing up shops– the riot police must be called in.  And wouldn’t you know it, like clockwork, that’s just what happened.

When faced with an unruly mob of 2,000 non-fans of the G20 unit, cops resorted to the use of tear gas and baton-charges until a gaggle of only 300 dissenters remained. Despite the level of violence and disorder on opening day of the event, police seem relatively relieved that this whole thing is going down in Pittsburgh and not in Philly.

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