Pittsburgh Police ordering marches to stop at G20
*UPDATE: Pittsburgh: Local cops use tear gas to disperse hundreds of unsanctioned G20 protesters.
An unsanctioned march in Pittsburgh, PA at the G20 summit is being ordered to stop by area police. A number of anti-Capitalist radicals have gathered in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh as President Obama meets there with global leaders:
Police are ordering several hundred protesters to stop their march in opposition of the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh.
The march is not sanctioned by the city and police have declared it an unlawful assembly. They are playing an announcement over a loudspeaker telling people to leave or face arrest or "other police action."
Several hundred protesters, many advocating against capitalism, are trying to march toward the site of the summit.
Police in riot gear are standing guard near the protesters.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Several hundred protesters, many advocating against capitalism, gathered in a city park Thursday and marched toward the site of the Group of 20 summit under the watchful eye of law enforcement.
Police in riot gear stood guard near the protesters, who banged on drums and chanted "Ain't no power like the power of the people, 'cause the power of the people don't stop" as they tried to head toward a large number of police gathering near the city's convention center, a couple miles away.
Past protests, including at recent U.S. political conventions and World Trade Organization sessions in Seattle a decade ago, have turned violent.
The Pittsburgh marchers included small groups of self-described anarchists, some wearing dark clothes and bandandas and carrying black flags and others wearing helmets and safety goggles. Some held a banner that read, "No borders, no thanks." Another banner read, "No hope in capitalism."
Protesters unfurled a large banner reading "NO BAILOUT NO CAPITALISM" with an encircled "A," a recognized sign of anarchists.
An activist from New York City, dressed in a white suit with a preacher's collar, kicked off the march with a speech through a bullhorn.
"They are not operating on Earth time. ... They are accommodating the devil," he said. "To love democracy and to love the earth is to be a radical now."
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