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There are still many unknowns about Downtown transportation restrictions during The Pittsburgh Summit on Sept. 24-25, but local businesses should prepare, not panic.
"It's like knowing a snow storm is coming, but not knowing if we're going to get five inches or three feet," said Kevin Evanto, spokesman for Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato. "You have several scenarios."
Organizers say it's too early to tell how many local and international demonstrators will descend on Pittsburgh for September's G-20 summit, but they agree most protesters will arrive early, angry and stay that way.
Large blocs of demonstrators are prepping to protest here, as they did at the April conference of the globe's 20 largest economies in London, around five major themes — an American and global economy they say is unfair to the poor and working classes worldwide; environmentalism; racism; the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and a less clearly defined "anti-authoritarian" camp that espouses anarchy.
Estimates about the number of protesters and groups arriving for the G-20 meetings in London vary. Perhaps as many as 35,000 protesters from 160 groups were marching through the city on any given day, according to British government studies and news accounts.