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The top leaders of at least 20 countries will meet here this fall for the G20 Summit.
They were originally planning to meet in New York City, but a gathering at the United Nations of world leaders around the same time made it imperative to find an alternative location.
For Pittsburgh, it's a chance to showcase itself to the world.
What is the G-20
The Group of Twenty (G-20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors was established in 1999 to bring together systemically important industrialized and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy. The inaugural meeting of the G-20 took place in Berlin, on December 1516, 1999, hosted by German and Canadian finance ministers.
PITTSBURGH -- Protesters are planning marches and other demonstrations during the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh G-20 Resistance Project, which is coordinating activities, said a march is planned for Sept. 23 and another for Sept. 24, the day the summit begins.
On Sept. 25, dozens of simultaneous actions will take place "that connect the struggle against the G20 to a broader arena of local and international social resistance." The actions, which weren't detailed, will culminate in a march and rally in the city's Oakland section, home to the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
The group said it wants to "disrupt the summit and undermine its attempts to gain legitimacy," but asks that participants avoid police provocation.
Democratic Sen. Jim Ferlo wants the city of Pittsburgh to issue a permit allowing a free-speech zone for activists the day before the G-20 summit.
Ferlo wants activists to be allowed to congregate at Point State Park from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 23 in order to provide a safe forum for protesters.