Pittsburgh G-20 March Proceeds Peacefully

Demonstration free of violence that marked yesterday's protests
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2009 4:11 PM CDT
Pittsburgh G-20 March Proceeds Peacefully
A person with children walks past police during a protest in Pittsburgh, Friday Sept. 25, 2009. World leaders are in Pittsburgh for the G-20 summit.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Protesters again marched in Pittsburgh today while world leaders met at the G-20 summit, but the demonstration has so far been peaceful, in marked contrast to the mayhem that marked yesterday’s rally. The demonstration, organized by the antiwar Thomas Merton Center, made its way across town after an opening rally at noon. "We do not want violence. We do not want property damage. That's not our plan. Thomas Merton Center is an antiwar committee," said one protester.

Unlike the action yesterday, today’s demonstration was planned and registered in advance. Because of yesterday's unrest, which led to 66 arrests, there was a large police presence at the rally, but no violence. "We're on the right side of history," another protester told Pittsburgh’s WTAE TV4. "We're against war. We're for health care. We're for jobs. What's wrong with being for that?"
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