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Peaceful marchers in Pittsburgh

A VOCIFEROUS but peaceful group of several thousand people marched through downtown Pittsburgh, united by opposition to the Group of 20 summit but expressing a diversity of mostly liberal causes.

Dozens of black-clad anarchists were conspicuous among the demonstrators on Friday, but there was no sign of the disturbances that resulted in arrests and property damage a day earlier.

Public safety officials said that 83 people were arrested at protests and other events, and about US$50,000 in property damage was done during the two-day summit. They said a man who smashed store and business windows in the city's Oakland section on Thursday was responsible for about US$20,000 in damage.

About 60 more were arrested at an illegal gathering on Friday night near the University of Pittsburgh, police said early yesterday.

The main message of Friday's so-called People's March was a demand for solutions to the planet's economic and environmental challenges and anti-war messages.


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