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Protesters condemning white nationalism and Trump's visit arrested

click to enlarge Pittsburgh Police arrest a demonstrator for unlawful protesting during the Solidarity Against White Nationalism rally on Wed., Oct. 23, 2019. - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
Pittsburgh Police arrest a demonstrator for unlawful protesting during the Solidarity Against White Nationalism rally on Wed., Oct. 23, 2019.
This morning, before a planned appearance by President Donald Trump to Downtown Pittsburgh, more than a dozen protesters gathered to denounce white nationalism. After a march, several protesters entered the streets and 12 were eventually arrested and hauled away by Pittsburgh police in zip ties. 
click to enlarge Nathaniel Yap and his daughter participate in Pittsburgh's Bend the Arc's rally - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
Nathaniel Yap and his daughter participate in Pittsburgh's Bend the Arc's rally

The group, which included representatives from the progressive Jewish organization Bend the Arc Pittsburgh, protested near the Gateway T station in Downtown. They condemned not only the violence carried out by a white nationalist at the Tree of Life mass shooting, but also Trump’s rhetoric around race, anti-semitism, and immigration, which is very similar to posts shared by the Tree of Life shooter on social media. 
click to enlarge Protesters prepare to sit at the intersection of Commonwealth Place and Liberty Avenue as part of a peaceful protest - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
Protesters prepare to sit at the intersection of Commonwealth Place and Liberty Avenue as part of a peaceful protest

A statement from Bend the Arc directed at Trump reads: “That’s why last year, after a white nationalist murdered eleven members of our Pittsburgh Jewish community, thousands of us marched in Squirrel Hill. Because we recognized that this violence was a direct culmination of your influence, we told you to stay out of our city until you fully denounced antisemitism and white nationalism and stopped attacking immigrants.”
click to enlarge Demonstrators hold hands - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
Demonstrators hold hands

Eventually, the protesters marched and some entered the streets at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Commonwealth Place and locked arms. WTAE reported that 12 people were arrested after entering the streets. Pittsburgh Police noted on Monday that arrests would be made of people occupying Downtown streets over traffic concerns.
click to enlarge Pittsburgh Police arrest a demonstrator for unlawful protesting. - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
Pittsburgh Police arrest a demonstrator for unlawful protesting.
click to enlarge Pittsburgh Police arrest a demonstrator for unlawful protesting. - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
Pittsburgh Police arrest a demonstrator for unlawful protesting.
click to enlarge Pittsburgh Police arrest a demonstrator for unlawful protesting. - CP PHOTO: JOIE KNOUSE
CP photo: Joie Knouse
Pittsburgh Police arrest a demonstrator for unlawful protesting.

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