September 26, 2009

Outside the Pittsburgh G20: Bats in Hand

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 24:  National Guardsmen carry riot gear past a mural of Pittsburgh's baseball heroes near the site of the G-20 Summit on September 24, 2009 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Military forces from Pennsylvania and police from various states were called in to secure the city for the event. President Obama is due to welcome guests this evening for the two-day G-20 summit at Pittsburgh's convention center aimed at promoting global economic growth. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Police officers run to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the G20 Pittsburgh Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 24, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (UNITED STATES POLITICS CONFLICT BUSINESS)
If the juxtaposition in the first photo is fanciful, even beautiful, showing “National Guardsmen carry(ing) riot gear past a mural of Pittsburgh’s baseball heroes near the site of the G-20 Summit,” it also proves cynical, as paramilitary and military forces in PirateLand equally, but more viciously, assumed the guise of uniformed batsmen.
If the action in the street was ugly on Thursday, I’m hearing that last night was something of a donnybrook, after the delegates and much of the news media had already gone home.
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(John Moore/Getty Images. image 2: Carlos Barria/Reuters. G20 Pittsburgh Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
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