De protesten bij de G20 in Pittsburgh beginnen vorm te krijgen. Hier een verslagje van een deelnemer

Poor and homeless members of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) from across the United States are participating this week in Protests during the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, including helping to organize a national Tent City, and participating in marches for jobs and health care and against the war. Following is an update sent by Reverend Bruce Wright, from The Refuge, a PPEHRC organization in St. Petersburg, Florida. I am writing this letter from the G20 summit demonstrations on the site of the Tent City of the dedicated to the homeless, poor, and unemployed. We are here with a group of 10 from Florida. 7 of our group are homeless and unemployed. The rest are working poor. We arrived safely on Sunday, Sept. 20th. We have been very busy since we arrived. We participated in a March for jobs on Sunday with more then 1200 in our march. Monday and Tuesday we participated in activities at our Tent City. On Tuesday, we participated in 2 marches on Tuesday. One march was for an end to Police Repression and harassment both at the G20 and also throughout our communities. There were testimonies of Police harassment at this event describing being detained for no reason, raiding people’s camp sites, invasive Police presence in neighborhoods (shinning lights in people’s homes at night, Police dogs barking, etc.), and in one case 45 Police in Riot gear attacking a community farm and destroying gardens that had vegetables that were used to feed the demonstrators. And, in one case a group was detained trying to come to our camp site with Bail Out People. In addition, to this protest, Bail Out People and the PPEHRC organized a march and demonstration on Mellon Bank, one of the largest banks in Pennsylvania. It was known for predatory lending and foreclosures. We had several people from our group speak at this demonstration and the march on Sunday and participate in a press conference, including myself. Today, is going to be a full day of teach-ins, demos, and film showings. We expect Police repression to intensify. There are 2000 National Guard troops here, as well as armored vehicles and several Blackhawk and Apache helicopters here. You can, at times, feel the tension. It seem crazy to have such overkill in a Militarized presence. It is being locked down like a Police state. In closing, please expect more updates. For more information see www.refugestpete.org or www.economichumanrights.org. Poor and homeless families from PPEHRC from other part of the U.S. will be joining us tomorrow.
Thank you,

Rev. Bruce Wright The Refuge, St. Petersburg, Florida Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC)

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