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Restrictions anger G-20 protest planners

Carl Prine
Pittsburgh Tribune Review [1]
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Anger is rising among demonstrators denied permits to protest next month’s Group of 20 economic summit.

A coalition of anti-war groups led by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Code Pink met Monday at the Thomas Merton Center in Garfield to revamp plans scuttled by the use of Point State Park as a command center by the Secret Service and Pittsburgh police.

Several environmental and peace organizations had hoped to use the state-owned park from Sept. 20-25 to voice dissent against policies of government and finance leaders from the 19 nations and European Union who will meet here.

Representatives from dozens of other local and national organizations have scheduled a larger session this evening at East Liberty Presbyterian Church to discuss city and federal decisions they fear are designed to squelch free speech and assembly, not boost security.

Full article here [1]