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Police State

I used to be fairly involved in political issues, but decided against doing much for the recent G20 in Toronto. I had some bad experiences this past year at school, and now would rather communicate with people rather than take part in divisive events. For the G20, I actually wanted to hear what the leaders had to say. Don’t get me wrong, I was upset about the 1.2 billion dollars it cost to hold the G20, and I was concerned about holding it in downtown Toronto, but I had a “wait and see” attitude going into the event.

On Saturday I decided to go shoe shopping instead of risking the rain at Queens Park (yes I realize I am a very frivolous person), but I had numerous friends at different points in the downtown core, either taking part or watching the mayhem.

My family was actually at Queen and Peter eating lunch at where the so-called “black bloc” ran amuck. Apparently there really wasn’t very many of them, and they were mostly kids. The most disturbing aspect of the mayhem was the police stood by and watched it happen.

My beautiful sister eating lunch while riot police watch mayhem on Queen St.

This occurred at almost every point the destruction occurred:

James Ruehle, a 49-year-old contractor from Pickering, a half hour’s drive from Toronto, saw the burning of the three police cruisers.
Ruehle was stopped in his truck at the lights at the corner of King and Bay streets in the city’s financial district as the protesters approached.
Three police vehicles zipped past the line of traffic into the intersection, where they stopped with lights flashing. A group of about 20 to 30 police then began to congregate but an officer Ruehle thought was a police captain ordered them back.
“The cop was yelling at them ‘Back up!’ ‘Put your batons down!'” said Ruehle.
The police in the cars, he said, then amazed him by backing off, leaving the cruisers running in the middle of the intersection with their lights flashing and doors open.
“It was like an invitation G (to the protesters),” said Ruehle.

I have no proof that anything nefarious occurred, but as I tax payer I want an explanation as to why these cars were left unattended.

I was reminded how Quebec police were caught being agents provocateurs at the North American Leaders summit in Montebello, and I also want assurances that did not happen here:

While some police officers abandoned police vehicles to the “black bloc”, other began to violently suppress a rally in the so-called “free speech zone”.

At Queens Park they also indiscriminately arrested a CTV News producer Farzad Fatholahzadeh who was visibly wearing media credentials.

Farzad was held in abhorrent conditions (he stated he was not given water for hours), where he witnessed injured people not receive medical attention.

Farzad was not the only journalist targeted by police, Steve Paikin from TVO, witnessed fellow journalist Jesse Rosenfeld get punched and arrested by police.

There is also this video of another journalist Jesse Freeston punched by police.

The last straw, for me, was watching what occurred Sunday night at Queen and Spandina. Police corralled 250 people (some who were just waiting for the streetcar) and detained everyone for 3 hours in the rain without cause or explanation. This was a travesty and made me disgraced to be Canadian.

The Police have a lot of explaining to do!

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  1. June 28, 2010 at 20:39

    Great summary of the really important points people should be looking at- not the distractions of windows being smashed, cars set on fire, scary teenagers in black, or shit-disturbers…but the lawful demonstrations and rallies of people in QUEENS PARK being bullied and beaten by fear mongering crowd control and violence. Psychological and physical abuse.

  2. June 28, 2010 at 20:41

    Also, I’ve watched that last video a bunch of times and it makes me feel sick to my stomach every time.

  3. July 1, 2010 at 19:18

    Thanks for posting this. Very interesting. I was at King & Bay when the police cruisers were vandalized. One thing that struck me was how small the Black Bloc contingent was, how many police officers were less than a block away, and how inactive the police were. They did nothing to stop the vandals. They didn’t seem all that concerned as long as no one went near the fence. You get a sense of the numbers (and of how near one of the vandalized cars was to the police) in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru4V3dPJGYw&feature=related

    I don’t buy the theory that police were afraid to go into that crowd. Just look at the mystifying lone cop charge into the crowd at 3:12 of this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKIeDpqZdFI&feature=player_embedded

    That officer seemed relatively calm about running into the fray.

    • July 2, 2010 at 03:50

      Thank you both for the kind words, and thanks Paul for the video. We have to keep getting all the information out there!

  4. Alois
    July 3, 2010 at 13:07

    i was also asulted by RCMP officers during a peaceful protest & pray you will continue to spread word of the real story

    thank you

    . ps is your sister single

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