Permit denial wouldn't daunt G-20 protesters' planned march
By By Matthew Santoni TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, August 17, 2009
A protest march is planned from
From there, groups plan to march to the
But questions remain about whether the marchers will receive the permits allowing the
Pete Shell, a member of the Merton Center's antiwar committee, said he hoped the city would advocate for their right to hold the rally and march.
"We want the world to see that
Nadine Brnilovich, the Pittsburgh police special events coordinator, said local officials can't approve or deny any applications for special events until the Secret Service decides where it will set the security perimeters for the summit.
David Meieran, an organizer for Three Rivers Climate Convergence, said the lack of action on protest groups' permits makes it hard to organize events. Without official permission, the date and time of events can't be openly announced, making it difficult to attract participants from out of town, he said. If the details are announced before obtaining official permission, he said, authorities could use that information to stop them.
Edith Bell, local coordinator for the Women's International League of Peace and Freedom, said her group also is seeking a site where they'd be permitted to gather. With their permits in limbo, protesters face a dilemma, she said: Should they keep struggling to find an approved place to protest or fall back upon proclaiming their First Amendment right to assemble without being sanctioned by the city or Secret Service?
"With the denial of permits, it's going to be more chaotic,"
"We've had many, many marches in
The center plans to keep the march nonviolent by recruiting many "peace marshals," veteran protesters who keep the crowd calm and instruct others on how to avoid conflict, such as ignoring counter-protesters, Shell said.
Participants will be joined along the way by "feeder marches" from other groups, such as the women's antiwar group Code Pink, and the environmental advocacy group Three Rivers Climate Convergence. Shell said several speakers are scheduled for the rally at Fifth and Craft avenues in
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