Friday, 25 September 2009

G20 Protests Pittsburgh

Unbeknownst to many people in the UK the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh has been a focal point for protests and demonstrations over the past few days, some of which have been met with some bizarre policing including the use of sonic cannons to dispel crowds.

These cannons have been accused of being capable of breaking eardrums and even causing fatal aneurysms. If that seems like something out of Robocop just take a look at this video from the Pittsburgh Indymedia Collective, who have been documenting the protests throughout the week.

I've always found the idea of "unlawful assembly" a perplexing one, but to apply it against students on their own university campus, many of whom aren't protesting, is completely nonsensical. Why were the police there in the first place?

Here's another video in which students are trapped on a stairwell while teargas is used against them.

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