In the 1970s, Pittsburgh was hit hard by the collapse of the steel
industry when several hundred people were forced to leave because of
unemployment. During this time there was no policy introduced to help
rebuild the city, and it has struggled economically ever since. This
made it an odd choice for the site of the G20 summit,
cost the city an estimated $20 million dollars. Many protestors and
locals, including Nation writer Jeremy Scahill, gathered
peacefully to protest corporate globalization and the summit’s financial
burden on the city. They feel that the capitalist nations involved in
the summit only foster exploitation, the exact thing the summit was
aimed to work against.
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