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Police aggression, arrests mar peace march
03/30/2003
A crowd estimated at up to or over 500 gathered at Frick Park today for a peaceful rally and march against the war.

Several speakers, including Jules Lobel of the US Center for Constitutional Rights and Rev. Jack O'Malley of the Association of Pittsburgh Priests, explained why they oppose this war and support our troops at the same time. The crowd then marched down Braddock Avenue into Regent Square, where police attacked protestors with pepper spray (after having moved everyone onto the sidewalk).

Four (reports now say three) marchers were arrested and are being held at the Allegheny County Jail.

Supporters are once again encouraged to come down to the Municipal Courts Building, where the arrestees will be released eventually.

Update: three confirmed arrests by Edgewood police; arrestees have been moved from Edgewood/Swissvale to the Municipal Court/County Jail. Hearings will happen tonight (sunday night/monday morning, 12:15am).
M31 update: all three arrestees released.

Photos: [1] [2] [3] [4] Video: [1] Accounts: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] Audio: [1], Transcribed audio: [1]

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