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Experiments with truth: 9/25/09

About 300 protesters to attempted to march toward the convention center where the G20 meeting is being held yesterday afternoon, but were met with roaming squads of police officers carrying plastic shields and batons. The police fired a sound cannon that emitted shrill beeps, causing demonstrators to cover their ears and back up, then threw tear gas canisters that released clouds of white smoke and stun grenades that exploded with sharp flashes of light. It is believed this is the first time a sound canon has been used publicly.

About 300 protesters attempted to march toward the Pittsburgh convention center where the G20 meeting was taking place yesterday afternoon, but were met with roaming squads of police officers carrying plastic shields and batons. The police fired a sound cannon that emitted shrill beeps, causing demonstrators to cover their ears and back up, then threw tear gas canisters that released clouds of white smoke and stun grenades that exploded with sharp flashes of light. It is believed this is the first time a sound canon has been used publicly. About 20 people were arrested.

  • Four Greenpeace activists attached to a massive banner dangled from a Pittsburgh bridge Wednesday to protest the G20 meeting. The 80-by-30-foot sign took the style of a road sign, reading: “Danger: Climate Destruction Ahead. Reduce CO2 emissions now.”
  • Dozens of people gathered in Hamburg, Germany for a flashmob protest of Chancellor Angela Merkel. They yelled an ironic “Yeahh” after every sentence she spoke. The video has become a viral sensation in Germany in the run up to Sunday’s election, with more than 280,000 views so far on YouTube.