G20 pitchers from Picksburgh
Here it is, Friday morning, the G20 got underway last night a couple of miles from where I sit, and I ain't seen nothing yet except what's on my computer, unless you count the helicopter that hovered over my neighborhood for an unconscionable length of time day before yesterday.
So I went in search of news this morning, partly to prepare myself for this afternoon's march, partly to have something to share with all of you.
First thing that hits me from McClatchy is a cute little paragraph that reminded me of my disgust the other day at hearing the phrase "G20 wives":
First lady Michelle Obama and leaders' spouses had other dinner plans, at Fox Chapel farm, owned by philanthropist Teresa Heinz, the wife of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. The first ladies are also to receive a special porcelain tea set that includes honey made from a beehive located near Michelle Obama's White House garden.
Note the half-hearted attempt at post-sexist language, quickly devolving into "ladies", "porcelain tea set", "honey", "garden". Yes, yes, we know our place, and if a few menz gets into the mix they can just take the tea set and smile sweetly too.
"Sonic cannon" used? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: (anybody know what a sonic cannon is, actually?)
But around 34th Street, a recording in both English and Spanish blared out that it was an unlawful assembly and ordered marchers to disperse. The announcement was accompanied by a high-pitched noise from a long-range acoustic device, which police said was believed to be the first time it had been used in this country.
An honor the city would rather do without.
A nice scene here:
As the demonstration in Lawrenceville gathered steam, live local television reports showing police massing and protesters scattering took over several of the enormous screens erected around the convention center where the G-20 is meeting.
They were largely ignored by the masses of reporters working at the tables arrayed beneath them. Most of the international reporters focused on a lone screen that showed planes filled with dignitaries arriving at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Now for some pitchers:
No photos yet of the broken glass in Oakland. But here's the Pitt student newspaper's take on the events.
How it's felt here since Wednesday afternoon:
On the city's heavily fortified streets, soldiers in armoured Humvees were posted at most major junctions and scores of shops, restaurants and businesses were boarded up. The city's downtown area, known as the "golden triangle", was virtually deserted with most local people opting to stay home from work.