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After watching protesters get pushed around by police online in front of the Bella Center, I jumped on the bike and rode 3 miles on a wet and muddy bike path and took the following shots.
The main thoroughfares and highway bridges were blocked by strategically parked police vans surrounded by officers directing traffic. They were dressed, I believe, in riot gear and bright yellow vests that read “Politi.” Three Politi helicopters buzzed over head.
There were several dozen young people on bikes also traveling through the marsh en route to the Bella. I spoke with one group of 12 or so young idealists who were wearing orange ribbons. They were energized yet chill and told me they were trying to find a path to join the other demonstrators. When I asked why, they said that world leaders weren’t listening to them nor were leaders being productive at this summit.
As I rode on, I crossed several police check points with no issues. I could see police directing everyone on the paths towards one of the holding areas. I hid my bike in the bushes and walked the final stretch towards the Bella Center. I saw thousands of police, and hundreds of police vans. There were three city buses with temporary “Politi” signs taped to the sides, obviously converted to assist in the case of mass arrests. Protesters were cordoned off in two, possibly three, large areas surrounded on all sides by chain fences, thousands of police, some with dogs.
Despite this ominous scene, the protesters were singing peacefully while police sipped their coffees.