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G20 protesters settle Pittsburgh lawsuit

Sept. 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Two environmental groups settled a lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh stemming from the city's policing of protests surrounding the 2009 G20 summit.

Seeds of Peace and the Three Rivers Climate Convergence planned protests at the Group of 20 summit and in the days leading up to it, sued the city alleging they were being harassed by police trying to stifle their message.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday a U.S. district court judge ruled the case resolved and closed but terms of the settlement weren't disclosed.

The environmentalists said police refused to let them feed protesters out of a bus the group had stationed in the city, charging illegal search and seizure and free speech violations. Protest leaders couldn't be reached to comment, the newspaper said.

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