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Six Arrests at Bush Protest
04/20/2004
A crowd of 200 gathered on Monday, April 19, outside the convention center in downtown Pittsburgh (near Penn and 10th) to express opposition to President Bush. Bush was holding a fundraising dinner, charging wealthy republicans thousands of dollars a plate to raise money for the re-election of PA Senator Arlen Specter.

The crowd was a couple feet off of the sidewalk and into the driveway of the convention center, with people participating in the black bloc tactic acting as a buffer between the rest of the crowd and the police. Barking dogs intimidated the crowds, and after a good amount of time the police, for no apparent reason, suddenly used their bikes to push the crowd out of the driveway and onto the sidewalk.

The mood then quieted a little, with people sitting around and some people going home. A few people wearing black started walking down the sidewalk away from the crowd, and were hassled by the police and ultimately hit, thrown to the ground, and arrested. When more people went up and tried to see what was going on, they were arrested, too. The targets appear to be community leaders and women.

After the arrests, a group of activists spent the night outside the municipal courts building. As of 4am, Wednesday, all six have been released "ROR" (Released On Recognizance). Some of the charges include disorderly conduct, obstructing traffic/public passageway, resisting arrest, and failure to disperse; one is charged with "using means to require substantial force."

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