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A vociferous but peaceful group of several thousand people marched for miles through the downtown area on Friday, united by opposition to the Group of 20 summit but expressing a diversity of mostly liberal causes as an army of stone-faced riot police watched their every move.
Dozens of black-clad anarchists were conspicuous among the demonstrators, but there was no sign of the disturbances that had resulted in arrests and property damage a day earlier.
Public safety officials said Friday night that 83 people were arrested at protests and other events and about $50,000 in property damage was done during the two-day summit, which ended Friday. They said a man who smashed store and business windows in the city's Oakland section on Thursday night was responsible for about $20,000 in damage.
Originally posted by RRconservative
So the G20 protest was your example of a peaceful protest?
Did you happen to miss the TEA Party protests? How many times did you see the riot police called to those protests?
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
reply to post by SpartanKingLeonidas
Great point! Most of the police action videos I'm seeing of the G20 are snippets taken out of context. We can't really tell much from them because we don't know what happened before to cause things to get out of hand. .
Truth be told, I support the grassroots Tea Party Movement, but you're right, the weeds can take over.