Today, world leaders converged in my home city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the G-20 summit. Accordingly, many of the accompanying protesters had marches and rallies around the city. The local and imported anarchists staged an "unlawful" march (they did not apply for a permit on principle) through Lawrenceville towards the convention center. The protest was mostly peaceful, although some windows were broken and tear gas was used to disperse the group. Pittsburgh is normally not very exciting, so the local news crews had a field day following the events. I'm glad that things seemed to go about as expected.
As I stated in my last post related to the G-20, the groups who protest during the G-20 have a lot of different agendas and problems with the group, from its elitism to its policies to its very existence. And Pittsburghers had a lot of different agendas now that thousands of representatives of worldwide media outlets have descended upon the Three Rivers. But they seem to have found common ground.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, a.k.a. The Pens, won the Stanley Cup back in June, and their fans haven't stopped celebrating since. Their leader must be this guy. I saw him on the local news all day. He paraded around with his fake Stanley Cup for hours.
This was one of the day's most visible banners. I'm glad that the protesters have finally settled on a clear, cohesive agenda that the people of Pittsburgh can get behind.
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