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G20 protest videos capture chaos on Toronto streets

Posted by Staff / June 27, 2010

g20 protest videosVideos of the G20 protests in Toronto today are capturing a wild, frantic, chaotic and disturbing scene.

Citizens on the ground are in the action and are recording it all: police posing as protesters, police in plain clothes making snatch and grab arrests, illegal search and seizures, vandals lighting police cars on fire, cameras being hit by police batons, coffee shop windows being destroyed, a protester getting run over by police on horses, and more.

Front line vandals dressed in black caught on camera destroying property and attacking media:

Plain-clothed officers make a frantic arrest:

Protester and police clash over "illegal search":

Eaton Centre Starbucks getting smashed by violent demonstrators dressed in black:

Undercover officers allegedly posing as protesters:

Protester run over by police on horses:

Police smash a photographer's camera:

Police car gets lit on fire:

Police car on fire and massive police response:

Rubber bullets and tear gas used by police:

Drumming of the riot police shields:

Police moving in and arresting protesters at Queen's Park:

Anarchists burning cars and looking for a fight:

Peaceful protesters near Queen and Spadina sing Canada's national anthem and are rushed by police forces once they finish:

Have interesting video of the G20 protests or police action? Send links or footage to editors [at] blogto [dot] com.

Discussion

129 Comments

Carina / June 27, 2010 at 12:57 am
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This is absolutely insane. This is NOT the way for protestors to get their point across. It only stole the light away from causes that actually needed to be listened to. What a terrible day for us Torontonians. Tomorrow is a new day and hopefully people will be able to protest freely and speak their mind without ridiculous acts of violence and attacks on our beautiful home.
Jay / June 27, 2010 at 01:07 am
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If that dork kept getting in my face & squawking "seeya on youutuube" I'd smash his camera too.
RahAbasd / June 27, 2010 at 01:08 am
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You know how I can tell the black bloc aren't cops in disguise?

Because cops don't swing a bat like an 8 year old girl, or are so weak they can't break a window with a metal street post.
mel / June 27, 2010 at 01:08 am
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the che one is a little funny . . . but definitely the rest are insane.
JPTN / June 27, 2010 at 01:11 am
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It's a sad day for Toronto.
Mike W / June 27, 2010 at 01:14 am
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So watching all these videos, my thoughts are basically summed up by: "These protesters are GIANT dicks."

Jen / June 27, 2010 at 01:17 am
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This is such a sad day to be marked with shame. The violence and insanity of today has nothing to do with the issues of the G20, instead, it is an excuse for senseless vandalism and petty crime.

I applaud the police for using force with tear gas and rubber bullets against those who have caused tax payers thousands of dollars extra in damages. Throw them in jail for being hooligans, rather than political activists. It infuriates me that people are so STUPID. I hope with all of these youtube videos the police arrest every one of you!!!

Yah, burning a police car and breaking glass at the Starbucks really proves your point morons!
MH replying to a comment from Jen / June 27, 2010 at 01:24 am
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But it *isn't* the destructive hooligans whom the police have beaten, shot at, and arrested -- they let most of them rampage through the downtown unmolested this afternoon. The violence and arrests are primarily of *peaceful* protesters, including those at sit-ins, and even many *within the designated protest zone*. For the last few hours, officers have been pulling people at random out of large, peaceful gatherings in public spaces, tackling them to the ground, cuffing them, and arresting them.
Mike W / June 27, 2010 at 01:26 am
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Are we supposed to be surprised that undercover cops dress the part?

Also, Che Guevera was a murdering asshole, but nevermind. I guess he was a iconic "rebel," with his image sold over a million times over, so dupes don't think they're buying into a cliched marketing concept almost identical to Starbucks or Pepsi.
tuunbaq / June 27, 2010 at 01:29 am
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The broad with the megaphone is really annoying.
RG / June 27, 2010 at 01:29 am
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Looks like most of you here have swallowed the propaganda whole. Go ahead, keep cheering on the cops--they'll be at your door soon enough and then you can thank them personally.
Hunter / June 27, 2010 at 01:33 am
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Stop calling them protesters. They are nothing but thugs who's sole purpose is to destroy property. I hope the cops who caught some of them took them to an alley and administered some severe head stomping.
bwilliamp / June 27, 2010 at 01:33 am
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Jen,

As the person who shot the tear gas and rubber bullets video. 99.9% of the people at Queen's Park were not causing violence or senseless vandalism. Most were just watching what was happening. Another big portion of people were just taking photos. They were at what was told to be the protest area...

I'm not saying the people who were causing damage should not be arrested. But I have photos of police beating up little old ladies and a women being tramped on by horses.

Sad day in the city all around.
Langford / June 27, 2010 at 01:35 am
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This doesn't do much for my faith in humanity.
how to be heard? / June 27, 2010 at 01:37 am
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why do we only focus on the few acts of vandalism seen in the streets today?? what about the constant, relentless vandalism that is the police state.. that is globalization exploiting people across the planet. do 3 burnt cop cars and 50 smashed windows stand up to global devastation? let's start making changes and thinking globally..... act locally and help the people make this world a better place. would you even be thinking about this, having conversation if the windows hadn't been smashed?
Mike W replying to a comment from Jay / June 27, 2010 at 01:38 am
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That exactly what I was thinking too.

Plus, what's with the "bro" narrorating the starbucks video?
Maybe he should've muted out his voice before posting it and save himself the embarressment.

Oh, snap.. "son".
Lady Bee / June 27, 2010 at 01:43 am
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They are not protesters! They are stupid people doing destructive, stupid things! I couldn't get any message!
Shame on those people!
Mike W / June 27, 2010 at 01:51 am
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"what about the constant, relentless vandalism that is the police state."

Hyperbole, much?
RG / June 27, 2010 at 01:51 am
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Those burning cop cars were planted and set on fire by the police themselves to justify the security expenditure.
Hank Rearden / June 27, 2010 at 02:02 am
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Hey RG;

I didn't see the cops start any of this B.S. - I saw a nice peaceful march - and then I saw a bunch of hooligans who think that their grade 11 level of wikipedia research makes them a scholar in international affairs - decide to "show the world their displeasure through various means and tactics"...a bunch of idiots the whole lot of 'em.

I firmly believe that the police officers today would have enjoyed many other things on a saturday instead standing around in the rain for 8+ hours getting rocks tossed at them while being heckled.

The funny/sad thing today is looking at all the protestors as a whole... everyone - EVERYONE marching wants the G20 to take special action for *their* cause - but always on someone else's time & dime...

Yes, yes -someone please stop the violence in Ethiopia/Darfur/Somalia/Sri Lanka and someone else please aid the starving/HIV infected/Palestinian/harp seals and someone else please stop Global Warming/Extraordinary Renditions/ Globalization /Factory farming /oil sands - and someone else arrange for Omar Khadr to come home... so the question of the day is - if you oppose the G20 running the show - who do you expect to fix these little 'pet causes'? Apparently the protestors never think that far ahead...

MH replying to a comment from RG / June 27, 2010 at 02:03 am
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The cars were planted by police -- they have basically admitted this -- but it was the hooligans who set them on fire. I suspect it was a tactic by police not to 'justify the expenditure' but to divert protester anger away from themselves or civilian targets. It seems to have worked up to a point, but then the stupid 'Black Bloc' rampaged.
mike / June 27, 2010 at 02:09 am
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to all those protesting the cops: when someone breaks into your house, assaults your neighbour, or threaten yourself or those you care about, do us all a favour. don't bother calling the cops. i'll save some tax dollars.

these are people with wives, husbands, children. they've accomplished far more than you have and apparently, ever will.
Hank Rearden / June 27, 2010 at 02:12 am
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Actually - the police cruisers were not bait cars. The one torched at King and Bay - that is one of the more expensive cruisers in the TPS. See those funny things on the top of the roof (besides the lights) - those are scanners that can read license plates. These cars are driven through the city to detect stolen cars.

So - why were these cars downtown then? Remember a few years ago that some crazies in Scotland stole a few older mercedes benz cars, loaded them up with explosives and drove them into the Glasgow airport?

These cruisers were patrolling for stolen license plates, just in case.

This is also why the cars were not heavily fortified, like the cruisers used in regular police service (and expected to hold offenders in the back seat). Trust me - it is very hard to kick in the windows of a cruiser if properly fortified - these cruisers were not fortified.

I love all the protestors who justify that "3 cruisers and 50 windows don't compare to ----" I shouldn't expect them to know better, but I thought "two wrongs don't make a right" was taught pretty early on...
Rick Pogany / June 27, 2010 at 02:18 am
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So with 1.2 billion spent on security a protester can walk up to a police car and set it on fire and others can jump up and down on the trunk? Duh I get it, those damn protesters! A vacant police car with the windows down? Hmmm?
Rick Pogany / June 27, 2010 at 02:22 am
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sorry my mistake, 1.2 billion on the whole affair and I am sure a handsome part of that was security
asd / June 27, 2010 at 02:47 am
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All of that was previously arranged. What a ugly show.
Brad / June 27, 2010 at 04:01 am
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What a bunch of douche bags, hope the police actually oppose them tomorrow rather than watching them tear my city apart.

Who would have thought Toronto would be the victim of terrorist attacks

god / June 27, 2010 at 04:41 am
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copied from another site:

"There is a message to all the smashing. It's poorly articulated and not well-delivered, but it's there if you look for it instead of being distracted by the messengers. It is, roughly, that modern industrialized society is immoral, especially multinational corporations. This immorality manifests in several ways, such as environmental pollution and resource depletion, exploitative labor practices, destruction of local capacity, suppressing indigenous rights, and so on. These threads are wound through all of the protests to the point where it almost seems confusing and an unrelated hodgepodge of causes. But there is a common thesis: a society structured around the pursuit of profits leads to injustices and is thus immoral.

All the protests, whether violent or not, can be viewed as a collective medium through which this message is transmitted. The use of violence adds another dimension to the message, however. Basically, it says that the magnitude of the injustices is sufficiently large as to justify violent action. It may be vandalism, but it's roughly targeted against corporations and chains which is consistent with the message, collateral damage notwithstanding. As to the collateral damage, it's inevitable in riot situations with individual actors who have agency and who may be more interested in smashing things than others -- but saying the group is interested only in destruction or doing it "just for kicks" is ignoring the bigger picture of what they're doing.

The violent protesters are caricatured as suburban kids and hypocrites who just want to start fights. I think this dismissive language is both incorrect, and possibly dangerous, because it shows a failure to engage with the root of the behavior. These people don't see themselves that way; they believe they're engaged in a struggle against an evil enemy. I remember similar caricatures against immigrant youth rioting in France a few years back. Maybe those were just kids who wanted to burn cars. Should you just dismiss the lot because they're violent and because they break the law, and hope they go away next time? What if the violent fringe gets stronger over time? Isn't it worth trying to understand what motivates these people?"
weed / June 27, 2010 at 07:08 am
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hahahahaha do you know where i can get some good weed, that was funny.
hecktor / June 27, 2010 at 07:08 am
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People can blather on all they want, but I saw: a couple dozen azzholes who drove/bussed to Toronto for a weekend of drinking beer and smashing stuff. They have no agenda. They just want to see how much fun they can have breaking things. Hopefully today the crowd will
a) beat the shyt out of them
b) follow/film them as they change their clothes so we can i.d. them
DickHead / June 27, 2010 at 07:14 am
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I love how the Liberal media has made the police look like bad guys. You commmies should move to Bejing - they know how to handle this behavior. Send in the tanks
The Shakes replying to a comment from god / June 27, 2010 at 07:18 am
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Stick a sock in it.

If you honestly believe these window breaking hooligans, who are all dressed in black hoodies from the GAP and black jeans from A&F, actually have some sort of higher message you are retarded and need to put down the bong. They are nothing but spoiled, bored rich white kids, who are a failure at life, and are taking this opportunity to throw the mother of all tantrums.
Oliver / June 27, 2010 at 07:32 am
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This is absolutely shocking!
I agree, it's an unbelievably sad time for this beautiful city! And the worst is that it doesn't make any difference at all. A giant gathering of idiots looking for a lame excuse to have fun and be destructive and violent! Absolutely stupid!

Shame on you guys!!!
steve replying to a comment from DickHead / June 27, 2010 at 07:41 am
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What the F*** is the "liberal media"? What kind of twisted logic lead you to believe that they are communists.
If you were to think you would realize communist are far right in the scheme of things.
Explain yourself!!! or get an education.
tsr / June 27, 2010 at 07:52 am
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There are a lot of genuine peaceful protestors and comparatively less violent persons.I hope action is taken against the culprits.Pray innocents are not caught in the cross fire of the culprits or the police action.
JF / June 27, 2010 at 08:34 am
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A photographer with a $200? Yeah right!
abnormaldan / June 27, 2010 at 08:36 am
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I have ZERO pity for any peaceful protestors or curious onlookers who get hurt or arrested. What the hell did you expect?! Stay away and let the police do their job. Nobody is listening to your cause or
cares about your rights to voice them if this is the cost.
I am proud of the incredible restraint I witnessed by our police force yesterday, as I would not have been as patient.

It's like a say to my Conservative/Republican friends, you certainly have the right to your own opinions, but just look at the kind of people you're aligning with. Protest if you wish, but I (and a large percentage of the public) will lump you all in the same group.
Richard replying to a comment from MH / June 27, 2010 at 08:43 am
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Maybe the peaceful protestors need to focus some of their attentions on the Black Bloc thugs. Get video of them doing their quick changes, expose their cowardice. From the outside, EVERYONE in that protest who witnessed the violence and destruction is complicit, and they are all going to be treated harshly as a result.
Nate / June 27, 2010 at 08:57 am
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Put a camera in my face like that I would of done more than just break it. Morons, mostly just onlookers being influenced by a mob mentality of shitty crusty punks with a so called "conscience". I'll watch them get there heads cracked in from the confort of my house. Hopefully by monday most of them will head back to there parents homes in Oakville.

K / June 27, 2010 at 09:03 am
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Toronto should take back what these punk thugs have taken.

I don't normally advocate the use of violence, but sometimes a good baseball bat to the head is necessary. I have a few spares in case someone wants to borrow.
Dick Head / June 27, 2010 at 09:26 am
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Steve - you are too stupid for me to respond. I have more education than you and your inbred family combined. Now, GFY
over here / June 27, 2010 at 09:40 am
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predictable from both sides of the protest (violent protestors and police). i do find it curious with all the police presence and security that police cars were still able to be isolated and then set on fire. The above videos just prove that nothing good is going to come from the G20.
Jack hagerman replying to a comment from god / June 27, 2010 at 09:57 am
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Well said and needed to be said because that's what I saw and the police allowed the wwindow smashing and did nothing. I havn't quite figured out why.
mister hippie / June 27, 2010 at 10:19 am
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"Citizens on the ground are in the action and are recording it all: police posing as protesters, police in plain clothes making snatch and grab arrests...."


Blogto. Seriously? The police did the most respectable job yesterday. They kept composure and didn't reciprocate. It got to a point where protesters were on their side chanting.

Don't tarnish this act. They should be commended. Blogto, I'm ashamed of you right now.
L replying to a comment from K / June 27, 2010 at 10:32 am
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Oh I see, when it's your cause then violence is ok. Way to put your foot in your mouth!
marv replying to a comment from Carina / June 27, 2010 at 10:34 am
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they are doing a lousy job at protesting because i don't even know what point they are trying to make - i am so ashamed that canada was represented in such a pathetic way...the human race took a hard hit this day....how sad
Canadian_Soldier / June 27, 2010 at 11:06 am
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What happened there was straight bullshit. I noticed all these protesters are mostly white-kids or wannabe white-kids younger than 30, so I'm not surprised that this selfish ignorance happened. They are victims of propaganda the lieks of which was spread by shitty bands like Rage Against the Machine when they were in high shcool in the 90's... now they think they are fighting Darth Vader and the evil empire.
PeacefulProtester / June 27, 2010 at 11:35 am
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I saw the riots and was in the earlier, much larger peaceful march, and the battle for queens park which was a mixture of protesters. The only violence I saw was on the part of the police, who cleared the park of people, none of whom were being violent. Simply by standing inside the designated 'free speech zone' we were shot with pepper balls, gassed and beaten bloody and finnally many were arrested for the crime of peaceful protest. If you werent there, maybe the footage of the burning cars would make you think there were unstoppable riots. This was not the case, a hardcore of 30-50 protesters used black bloc tactics, and were very obviously allowed to smash a few things while police looked on. The CIBC, Starbucks? These are obvious targets, the police did not attempt to defend these businesses, rather they let things get wild in what we can only assume would be an attempt to justify their later actions. The only time we saw 'restraint' by the police was when a small group went on rampage. It is really upseting to see that you have all been fooled so easily. Peaceful citizens were beaten and arrested yesterday, and none of you seem to care, because all you've seen is a burning car.
Jim replying to a comment from mike / June 27, 2010 at 11:45 am
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Just because they protect us doesn't mean they are somehow above the law. Apparently you are also grossly unaware of the rights of Canadian citizens under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (that's scary you don't know your rights). Let's just go through a couple of important ones that have been broken by police the last 3 days:

Most importantly:
"Fundamental freedoms
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and [...]"

As well as these rights:
"Search or seizure
8. Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure

Detention or imprisonment
9. Everyone has the right not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned.

Arrest or detention
10. Everyone has the right on arrest or detention
(a) to be informed promptly of the reasons therefor;
(b) to retain and instruct counsel without delay and to be informed of that right; and
(c) to have the validity of the detention determined by way of habeas corpus and to be released if the detention is not lawful."

Police cannot search you or ask you for ID if you're lawfully enjoying public property (park, sidewalk), they cannot force you to delete pictures (you can charge them criminally under Assault and Mischief), they must allow you to have counsel (unlike the guy who needed an ASL interpreter), and they can't go and break up a legal protest (last night, even in the "free speech zone")

If you believe that peace can only be achieved by overreaching police powers (a police state) that trample the rights of the majority who have and do protest peacefully because you're scared the police won't show up at your door if you're robbed, then I suggest you move out of this country. No, I'm not a protester, nor a cop hater, but it makes me angry that citizens believe that an officer searching someones bag to gain entry to a public space is legal or that if we complain about police doing something illegal will somehow make them not respond to help us blows my mind.
Blah replying to a comment from god / June 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm
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What?

So throwing bricks and breaking the glass of stores, with people still working inside and who have no pull with the big evil corporations but are just trying to make some money to support themselves, is a good way of getting this message across? Really?

And the little people who have to clean up after these assholes are just wayyy down in the chain. Wow great saying for showing these people "the message".
John M / June 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm
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Most trendy, shit-for-brains revolutionary wannabes also couldn't tell you anything about Che if asked. Like everything else with these ignorant poseurs, its about fashion

Of course there were undercover cops present, as there should have been. The cop showed remarkable restraint in not punching the smug, supercilious videographer in the snout.
John Noble / June 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm
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Relax emo guys, the cops are doing their job from the idiots breaking shit
John Noble / June 27, 2010 at 12:19 pm
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Hey this is for Jim

I hope the protesters that are breaking shit, go to your house and break your things and see how you like it
Alicia Michelle / June 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm
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I seriously cried my way through the first video. This type of insanity is NOT necessary. These middle class privileged white douchebags have no idea what it is really like to suffer "oppression". Real oppressed people, aka the people who participated in March on Washington, fought back with non-violence and made a real impact. These shit for brains violenge rage-filled privilidged assholes in black are doing nothing but causing violence because they weren't hugged enough as children. This level of riot is so unnecessary in Toronto.

I am seriously ashamed of my generation right now.
Alicia Michelle / June 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm
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Also, might I comment, that the majority of the violent protesters have probably never even been to a fucking protest in their life. They were probably waiting in the shadows, masturbating to the fact that they finally had the opportunity bust up private property in broad daylight with all of their buddies. Pathetic.
ArcAngel / June 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm
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The amount of stupid paranoia going around is rediculous. No one is plotting against you. Time to up your meds people.
Ryan Levac / June 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm
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Black Bloc = Wimps, cowards, Emos, Bums, outcasts, did I mention wimps?....yaaaaa way to accomplish nothing!, just make us honest hard working canadians have to pay more taxes!...go to H*ll
Mike replying to a comment from RG / June 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm
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There is no such threat to lawful people in this Country. Should our police come to my door, they are welcome and I would do my best to cooperate with them. It is the unknowing and unthinking who vandalize our city and we need to present them with clear consequences for their hurtful actions.
Magda replying to a comment from god / June 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm
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I find the comment you posted actually trying to get at the larger meaning of it all. By shouting "stupid protestors white spoiled kids" as loud as we can, we are totally obscuring everything that's happening and why it's happening. Yes violence is not the answer and i'm definitely not for smashing windows, etc but it's obvious the police is setting it up so this can occur and creating the "spectacle." Actually, we are all creating the spectacle, and feeding into it, with resistance or encouragement. Unfortunately, resistance as such just reiterates the structure and the fucked up politics at work. My interest is in how does resistance become meaningful? Because the riots, protests, talks ... are they creating a consequence of positive change? We all hope right? <p>
After the 2005 bombings the Summit locations retreated to more remote locations. Why was this not reinstated for 2010? It is now common knowledge that the scale of this would not be as fucked up if this was NOT held downtown... what I'd protest the most is the Harper decision. This decision has set up a perfect landscape for all of this.<p>
Magda / June 27, 2010 at 01:00 pm
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In no way I am suggesting peaceful protests should not occur, what I'm more trying to unravel is how can protests make a difference (a lasting consequence) because I'm not sure any transformation will occur after this other than a further divide between the government, the police and the general public, and further, a divide between the public. <p>
I'm particularly shocked at the comments that support the police, and in such the police brutality...
Marc Comeau / June 27, 2010 at 01:02 pm
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All those self-indulgent, me-first, violent protesters can feel free to pack up and get out of my city. You don't want to deal with all the corporations and governments? There are plenty of tiny places dotting this planet that would be heaven for you.

I can't believe they have the nerve to destroy whatever they find, push around the people of this city, and then spray paint the word "oppressor" onto a police car. You think those people they were shoving around might feel a bit oppressed? Not that those neanderthals would actually stop to think about a minor detail like that.

The non-violent protesters need to take a hard look at these criminals and realize that they are the image of the protests. Those people with an actual cause need to be distancing themselves from these thugs in every way they can.
Jacob / June 27, 2010 at 01:07 pm
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In addition to that, I will also add that this is becoming less of a photo-opportunity for Toronto and more like a big, glittering showcase of why everyone should put their vote way the hell away from Harper and his people next election.
POed replying to a comment from Jim / June 27, 2010 at 01:09 pm
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yah we certainly know our rights. We certainly know that on the day of G20 we don't walk in a park and ask for our rights. A police state? you kidding me its the fuckign G20. Its like walking to the detention centre and asking you have no right to check my bag. Of all days to come to a public place you go on the day of the G20 don't be retarded. You wanna protest Police state go to China, lets they're asses survive that shit. Canada is soft compared to other nations. If you really wanted to send an image of excessive security and fear being instilled into not protesting, then don't show up at all with the violence, just come with cameras will see what's up then! Bunch of kids, oh i'm sorry "i have a right to stand a meter close to the riot police its my right, I also have a right to throw bricks at the police to show my anger." fucking delinquents.
Alicia Michelle replying to a comment from Magda / June 27, 2010 at 01:27 pm
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I for one believe that there were many mistakes made on the part of the police. I think they lost their cool, and I purely blame the vandals for that. The protests were going fine, there was no real brutality until vandals started busting up private property, setting police cars on fire and then running back into Queen's Park, putting innocent people in danger.

Do I believe the police should be arresting journalists and bystanders? No, that's insane and completely unconstitutional. But my biggest problem is them standing around while things were vandalized and then striking after the fact, taking innocent people down with them.
Hank Rearden replying to a comment from Jim / June 27, 2010 at 02:08 pm
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Hey Jim;

You forgot something... Q: what is the most important part of the Constitution?

A: "Peace, Order, and Good Government".

The police have broad authority to maintain 'the peace'. Looking for the police to respect the full letter of the charter in the middle of a violent riot is farcical. The police are empowered (and constitutionally approved the the Supreme Court) to maintain "Peace, Order and Good Government" above all.

Hank Rearden replying to a comment from god / June 27, 2010 at 02:21 pm
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God - what a stinking pile of crap excuse for mindless property hooliganism.

Yes, yes, we've all heard it before - capitalism is the rape of the earth.

Time for some thinking... in the last 200 years, the world has seen progress on an unprecedented scale. The drive forward for profits has, as a side result (ha!) *only* seen the development of electricity, modern medicine and vaccines, manned flight, space exploration, etc, etc, etc.

At a minimum it is disingenuous to ignore that in the last 100 years the average life expectancy has more than doubled. When your grandfather was born, the average life expectancy was less than 50/55 (depending on how old you are). Consider now that reaching 80 isn't unusual anymore is a tremendous justification for progress.

Those who would advocate against our modern system need to understand what a world without these things would look like - imagine living to 50, if your lucky. In a world without electricity, or modern medicine. Just think how fun surgery must have been before the development of anesthesia in the 1850s... lucky you!

Now - can we do better? Absolutely! - consider that it took the burning of the Cuyahoga river to start the EPA and the Clean Water Act ( or acid rain in Canada) - but progress marches onward for the betterment of all.

To deny this progress is to romanticize a past that was hard, painful and short.
lil replying to a comment from how to be heard? / June 27, 2010 at 02:27 pm
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YOU ARE RIGHT, but this world deserve smash from
sky in that case no protection for rich and thay
will have nice human experience.
Iain Collins / June 27, 2010 at 04:37 pm
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In a broad sense I think the police have behaved well in Canada and been a model of tolerance (certainly compared to the tarnished record of police in other countries).

Waving a camera in the face of officers after being very politely and repeatedly told to back off for clearly reasonable reasons (i.e. not walking up behind officers on a police line) doesn't give you a free pass to be a jerk. Those were some of the most polite officers I've seen on film in any similar situation.

Those who've used this as an excuse for wanton vandalism at this G8 (at the expense of the tax payer and to the endangerment of life) have been shown for the provocative mindless inarticulate thugs that they are, thanks to videos like these.

None of the participants are making even an attempt to express any cogent political argument. This is not peaceful protesting, and there were apparently more than just a small number of disruptive hoodlums. It's a clichéd display of teenage angst, as only wealthy white kids seem to know how.

Well done to those who covered this in the face of some pretty hostile behaviour on the part of the participants.

Calls to move all protest to remote locations seem eminently sensible. Obviously most people don't side with this extremism and tax payers shouldn't have to foot the bill for cleaning up these summits.
POed replying to a comment from Iain Collins / June 27, 2010 at 04:46 pm
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agreed!
Kevo / June 27, 2010 at 04:52 pm
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Too bad they couldn't just rent a bigass cruise ship and have their thing on there. Who the hell will attack the USA, Russia, and China? Just have a bunch of subs and ships around to make sure.
Jim replying to a comment from Hank Rearden / June 27, 2010 at 05:05 pm
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Peace, Order, and Good Government (Section 91, Constitution Act, 1867) - This refers to the separation of powers between the legislative branches of the federal and provincial governments as well has been used for emergency powers. It doesn't have much to do with controlling a riot, but more to do with the running of government and its powers towards those means. It was adopted as it was found on many of the Imperial Acts of Parliament from Great Britain to show the powers of the legislature on the law.

While I can obviously see something happening when people get too close to an officer, there have been a big chunk of other cases where they're chasing people legally protesting. If there had actually been cops on the street before the cars were set on fire, perhaps the Black Bloc cowards would've dispersed quicker. On that note, if anyone finds pics/videos of those idiots, send them into police.
TOchick / June 27, 2010 at 05:25 pm
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I only feel sorry for the journalists that got caught up in the mix.. and for the cops who went from guarding a boring protest, to having to deal with chaos and numerous things being thrown at them (like bottles of urine - nice). I don't feel sorry for the protesters or moronic bystanders. The only ppl being paid to be down there are the police and journalists. They have to be down there or they could lose their jobs. Everyone else voluntarily put themselves in that position. Getting arrested or hurt is a risk they knew (or should have known) they were taking. All of the smart people in Toronto left for the weekend or want nothing to do with the downtown core right now. A lot of these protesters down there right now, I'm positive are not from here. Please go home! ... and take the politicians with you. Thanks.

Oh, can I add that I also feel sorry for anyone who lives or works downtown who has no idea WTF they are going to do tomorrow morning. Monday is clearly not going to be business as usual.
slopo / June 27, 2010 at 06:01 pm
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I'm ashamed to be a Canadian today... I really did think we were better than that and for the most part we are. A handful of punk kids bent on hell and destruction - and for what? Their 30 seconds of fame, I guess!
John / June 27, 2010 at 06:13 pm
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These people who are posting these videos, especially the one who had their camera smashed, seem to think they can do whatever they want, the cop, told the person behind the camera not to touch him and he kept pushing it, and got his camera smashed, he was also in a security zone, what does this individual expect? When you put yourself into a bad situation, and cause problems with police, what do you expect to happen?
blah replying to a comment from John / June 27, 2010 at 08:52 pm
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Yeah that guy who kept saying "see you on YouTube". If I were on the other end of that camera, I too would've smashed it.

Talk about unnecessarily obnoxious.
picard102 / June 27, 2010 at 08:56 pm
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If you don't live downtown, and decide you want to check out the circus, don't be supprised if you're arrested. No reason for you to be there unless to be trouble.
Susan replying to a comment from Kevo / June 27, 2010 at 09:06 pm
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Kevo's suggestion of renting a "big ass" cruise ship is brilliant. Then nobody's city needs to be under seige by these self-described anarchists. As for the legitimate, orderly protesters - I do have to wonder how effective their efforts are, notwithstanding the antics of the fringe element, be they anarchists or the ubiquitous rent-a-crowd seen at every summit. Could their time and money be put to better use in furthering their respective causes?
Zach D / June 27, 2010 at 09:09 pm
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I surprised the peaceful protesters didn't go violent on the thugs. Oxymoron, yes... but it's probably what I would have done.
chris / June 27, 2010 at 09:18 pm
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this just makes me sick to my stomach!!!! They put the police through bullshit, when they're only there to protect!! They should all be sent to jail!!! I'm embarrassed to think these people live among us in TOronto!!!
Mandamus / June 27, 2010 at 10:24 pm
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You know who you have to thank for this mess? Stephen Harper himself. The events that occurred did not come as a surprise. They happen at every one of these meetings. So what the hell did they think was going to happen? Alberta did it right a few years back when they had the meetings out in the middle of nowhere. Hard to protest it if you can't even find it. Why the hell have it in the most populace city in Canada?

And you retards telling the protesters to stop the black bloc idiots. Isn't that the police force's job? You know.. The police force that you're saying everyone should just get out of their way so they can do their job? Make up your minds.

And to the internet tough guys in this thread. Shut the hell up. you make me sick.

Seeing the comments about how the police should be curb stomping the peaceful protesters is making me sick to my stomach. It is our right as citizens of this country to protest. 99.99% of the protesters there are exercising their rights. The bad elements should be arrested and tried for the crimes they've committed. But that one video of the crowd singing the national anthem and then being rushed by the riot cops is just disturbing.
A / June 27, 2010 at 11:26 pm
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Well I do live downtown and when I can't get to work or get groceries because police are arresting people as they please I can only see forshadowing to a grim future. Nothing that the black bloc did was acceptable but the polices action were in no way just either. The events on king st and queens park happened simultaniously with the amount of police presense in the downtown distirct they could have easily blocked the riot, but instead they allowed it to escalate to give media a topic they wanted them to focus on. Where are the shots of them charging old ladies and knocking them to the ground with their bikes and firing tear gas on people who have rights to be there and speak their mind?
Don't be so quick to hand over rights for the promise of protection without first thinking about what you're giving up
mcfly / June 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm
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the gov't spending 5 million dollars on a false lake for a week makes me wanna smash/burn things too.
Jim is ugly / June 27, 2010 at 11:49 pm
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Hey Jim, enough with the copy and pasting....you're a joke!
Jim is ugly replying to a comment from John Noble / June 27, 2010 at 11:53 pm
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Hey Jon Noble...you're a little b*tch with a small pecker woooooo
Mike replying to a comment from Mandamus / June 28, 2010 at 12:19 am
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Mandamus, the peaceful protestors shouldn't have stopped the Black Bloc. They were armed and clearly dangerous. I don't think anybody is suggesting that they should have endangered themselves.

The issue is that I don't think enough of the legitimate protestors did enough to distance themselves from the Black Bloc's actions. By continuing to march alongside these wack-jobs, they silently consented to their actions.

If the peaceful protestors truly took umbrage with the Black Bloc's actions, then they should have gone home, not to be associated with thugs. They didn't do that.
ann / June 28, 2010 at 12:22 am
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I was under the impression that the violent Black Bloc went after American or large international companies or banks with their destruction. Then for heaven's sake why would they attack the windows of Swiss Chalet which is a born in Toronto Canada restaurant with the first one on Bloor St. I know because our family made special trips to eat at it years ago. This small chain is so Canadian - what did they do to deserve having windows smashed?
KD / June 28, 2010 at 12:33 am
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At least we don't have to worry about all this violence and vandalism happening during a Leafs Stanley Cup Parade!!!
sabak / June 28, 2010 at 02:28 am
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none of it matters, the budget allocated for security is 1 billion dollars, so they expected all of this to happen - they could cause 10 billion in damage and it would not influence anything, the governments do not listen to the public and will do what they will, as they are doing. end of story.
Mat Turner / June 28, 2010 at 03:11 am
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Regardless of the actions of a few vandals, you are all ignoring the fact that your rights are being infringed upon, and the fact that ONE BILLION DOLLARS was spent on this summit. I'd wager the cleanup costs would be a fraction of that lofty sum. Most of those protesters were assembling peacefully. I'm truly ashamed of my countrymen if they are going to be so passive and side with those who do not want what's best for them.
..as.. / June 28, 2010 at 03:55 am
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If the guy who shouted " see you on YouTube" was shouting "bang, bang instead" would it be a reason enough for a cop to shoot him?

As a veteran protester (I'm come from Serbia) and after witnessing these events, my conclusion is that these were standard protests. All ingredients were present: hysterical police, critical masses, opportunistic drunken hooligans, obscure violent groups, more hysterical police, fire, broken glass, innocent people getting beaten and arrested....
I blame the police, naturally, cos they are payed not to loose their cool under any circumstances.

When you figure out who ordered the cops to put their holiday suits on and march against own citizens, you'll find the bad guy.
JP / June 28, 2010 at 04:40 am
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We had this in London too, but no where near as bad. I think we had about 30 anarchists in total, and they all got banged up pretty fast.

We had one broken window (RBS bank), no cars on fire etc, but you should see the photo of the TV being thrown to smash the glass. Its one guy surrounded by reporters with big lenses. They even gave him the TV.

I think the more people that treat these protests as tourist opportunities to take 'once in a lifetime' videos the more reason your giving the state and its Police to act irrationally. Looking at the way these videos we're cut, edited and feature people apparently 'psyked' by the event will psyke up the cops (who will watch these videos too) for next time round.

We have to stop promoting violent protests through these videos, as in the next summit people will only try and up the ante on Toronto. 'Heck, I recon we can burn 3 cars at our protest!' 'Yeah, but lets make it actually explode!' No one wants this. We're gonna end up fearing the protesters more than the cops.

JP / June 28, 2010 at 04:48 am
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the RBS photo in question. hope it links

http://www.nrc.nl/multimedia/dynamic/00215/ENG-G20protests2_215217e.jpg
RevolutionNewsDotUS replying to a comment from Jen / June 28, 2010 at 06:31 am
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dude, these violent acts are brought on by agent provocateurs... the police.

quebec cops admitted they did the same thing a few years ago.

stop watching msm tv... it's scrambling your brain!
Alan / June 28, 2010 at 07:25 am
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The TO cops seem very restrained to me. If you tried that shit in a lot of other countries (openly taunting them, getting close, not moving back when told to) the cops would open your head up.
Jeff replying to a comment from Mandamus / June 28, 2010 at 09:48 am
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Not being on the police force, I'm obviously not privy to the command decision to rush in on the protestors singing the anthem. But if I had to guess at the logic: The police had told the protestors to back up. The protestors had done so, retreating some 40 feet or so, and starting up their song. Where things went wrong, in my opinion, is the one guy who decided to reapproach the cops, bridging the distance created, to sit with his back to him. Why is this an issue? Two seconds later, others join him. If nothing is done, more would join still. Eventually, the entire protest has moved 20 feet closer to the police line. Then some guy who wants to be a hero bridges that gap, and so on, until a point-blank confrontation with police lives in danger becomes inevitable - and how many protestors would have been hurt in a fight where the police feel the need to protect their lives? An equilibrium had been achieved at the forty foot mark and, to my mind, needed to be maintained for the safety of all involved. Bravo to the police for stopping a whole lot of ugliness before it could manifet.
JP replying to a comment from RevolutionNewsDotUS / June 28, 2010 at 10:21 am
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I don't have a TV
GTA dweller / June 28, 2010 at 11:27 am
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It is rather obvious that Black Bloc thugs are convenient for the police. If you checked the license plate on the burned/vandalized cop cars, you'd notice that the registration was in 2005 or very early 2006 (the licence plate starts with AY..). Those cars are due for a replacement, so why not get insurance to cover for them? Anyway, it's a theory.

It's also obvious that there are instigators from the police ranks among the Black Bloc who incite violence - that's why they were allowed to run unhindered and cause violence.

It's also convenient because the media and everyone focuses on the chaos instead of the messages of the peaceful protesters.

This is such an old game that is played over and over again, and the media (the cesspool of media that CP24 is) gives its full support behind it.

One day it would be nice if the peaceful protesters caught the ones causing violence and arrested them. But as you can see, the Black Bloc is a large enough group that this is pretty much impossible. It's all by design.
GTA dweller / June 28, 2010 at 11:30 am
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By the way, generally our police force has been restrained and a lot more civilized than the forces south of the border. I applaud their friendliness (when I interacted with some of them before the protests).

But the few who are responsible in working hand in hand with the thugs, that I do not approve of.
Marc replying to a comment from GTA dweller / June 28, 2010 at 11:37 am
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So true. And obvious.
jamesmallon replying to a comment from GTA dweller / June 28, 2010 at 11:58 am
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Give CP24 some credit for getting the people penned by the police at Spadina/Queen released. They did not let that story go all evening, and if they hadn't the lot would have been sent to Eastern Ave for 22 hr (at 24 hr, you actually have to have a reason: i.e an arrest). Love how CP24 pointed out that they could get no comment from anyone: not the chief, the PMO, mayor or local councilors (they should have phoned Moscoe!). Bunch of careerist cowards. Bet the lot were calling up each other: 'how do we get out of this? Which peon can we pin this on?' Remember the Somalia enquiry? Not one officer charged. Expect something similar: no brass will have to take the fall.
D / June 28, 2010 at 01:36 pm
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What the hell is wrong with all those people....they sure showed everyone didn't they??? Showed everyone how ignorant they are. How will destroying property help their cause...if they actually have one, what is the point of the violence? I don't think I heard any one of the cowardly group even mention why they were there other than "we're hear to commmit a crime, don't film us!"
What a fantastic way to spotlight our country....by showing the rest of the world the worst of ours!
I'm sure their parents would all be so proud
GTA dweller / June 28, 2010 at 02:39 pm
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On the subject of CP24... the entire station is devoted to 100% sensationalism. sometimes good info is presented, but it's sensationalized the heck out of.

if you turned the channel for even a moment, you would notice that CP24 only displayed tweets from half-brain-dead teenagers who probably know nothing outside of the justin bieber world. Half the tweets were "OMG I can't believe this is happening" and that was EVEN BEFORE ANYTHING WAS HAPPENING, and the other half was "CP24 IS DOING A GREAT JOB AT COVERAGE". This, is what the cesspool or reporting is.

and anyway, their whole method of covering ordinary items as if it's a global catastrophe is just weak, cheap, and at the end disgusting.

ever paid attention to HOW they word feeds about ordinary accidents on the highway? it's as if it was another 9/11.
Oi / June 28, 2010 at 03:16 pm
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I'm a reasonable guy when the cause is reasonable. But if the protesters don't have a solid agenda, then it's super questionable. It's kinda like they wanted to clash against society and usually the G-summits are the way to go.

When the protesters are violent, heck yeah, I'll side with the police. I'm a liberal and I'm saying that because you gotta take a friggin' stand sometimes when crap like this happens.
Eli replying to a comment from Marc Comeau / June 28, 2010 at 05:17 pm
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They spelled oppressor wrong.
Brian / June 28, 2010 at 09:03 pm
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I especially liked the protesters who finally got a megaphone in front of their mouths, only to blurt out something that shocked all the other protesters. I think it was "CAS kills kids". After she blurted it out, she said "maybe that's not a good cheer". Duh! Like most protesters, their message was garbled, too broad, no suggestions - just blame. They need to grow up.
Bill Giamou / June 28, 2010 at 11:33 pm
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Too bad our fine police force showed such restraint!Back in the 70's (when there was no SIU) the cops would just put the boots to you and send you back to your momma and dare you to complain! God bless our boys in blue, thanks for your help.
PS-Hey protesters....next time you're in trouble..call the Black Crotch!
Jeff / June 29, 2010 at 03:41 am
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I have watched the above videos and I cant believe the comments some of the people posted, are you so blind that you can't see that your fundamental rights are violated and taken away one by one. I guess that when you work 60 hours a week to pay your huge debt that we all have, you don't have the time to stop and smell the roses. "KEEP THEM OCCUPIED, KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED AND KEEP THEM STUPID" AND YOU CAN DO WHAT EVER YOU LIKE. That's what the summit is about, how to keep stealing from people on a global level, not just money but land, freedom rights, liberties, control. We are slowly becoming slaves who are fed a steady diet of lies, deceptions and propaganda by all levels of media. Our society is consumed by the drive of greed and over consuming to satisfy the void that could never be filled by material goods. We have detaching our self from everything that is important and vital. Ladies and Gentlemen, simple truth is that we can not keep going the way we are, we are over consuming, destroying and over populating.

I do not stand for violence and the people who did it should be arrested, however a person who is entering a public park has the right to do so without his belongings being searched.
Please watch it, the police could not explain to him why he was not allowed to do so. He was not violent, he did not commit a crime. Since when is it illegal to peacefully protest in Canada? There is a fine line between enforcing the laws and violating them.

While watching the video of the burning cruiser, i saw the slogan that stated " TO SERVE AND PROTECT" it should be written " TO ENSLAVE AND PUNISH".

It is a shame that the BLACK BLOC and the anarchists where only there to commit crime and violence because it destroyed the message that the peaceful demonstrators where trying to send.

We are not slaves and we don't want to be enslaved.

People who made the above comments and justified police brutality and unlawful acts of violence who are so eager to judge all the protesters because they saw the 6:00 news, and offcourse they saw what the they wanted you to see, violence by a small % of the demonstrators who were only there to cause anarchy. This is what dominated the news, not the real issues that exist. That's what the governments wanted you see and that is what u saw.

Wake up people, where there are to many laws, you are bound to break them. Canada is becoming a police state and most of you don't even know it. It is really easy to loose your
freedom and extremely hard to regain it.


Joseph / June 29, 2010 at 04:53 am
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It sounds to me like peaceful protest needs to tackle problems from a new direction.

Instead of joining in with multiple protests on the street, which confuses the message, the peaceful protesters could create something maybe much more 'newsworthy' to steal the coverage.

A new wave of protesting for a new generation, something unexpected and refreshing.

That way the anarchist marches could be dealt with a lot more efficiently. If the news covered anarchists alone, they wouldn't be covering the protest, just a bunch of yobs. To cover the protest they'd have to cover the new peaceful protesters.

What you think guys?
g20injustice / June 29, 2010 at 05:21 am
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G20 Injustice against women! They were strip searched in public!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN8PYPnCSxw
chander chaddah / June 29, 2010 at 09:12 am
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All of you who seem to feel the police acted appropriately and showed restraint etc. in dealing with the public cannot have been on out the streets and watched with incredulity the arbitrary arrests/detentions and the violent storming of unarmed and non violent citizens expressing themselves as supposably allowed by that thing we call the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The veneer between a truly civil society - one of laws, not arbitrarily abused or discarded by the state is truly thin. When the police act in the manner above - which I witnessed on numerous occasions on June 27th we should all be fearful.

The provincial government of Dalton Mcguinty has a lot to answer for in allowing such abuses of power to have occurred.

We do not live a "free society" because those in power thought it would be just and fair. We live in such a place because thousands of nameless, faceless people have come before us and stood up to and demanded an accounting by those who rule us.

I urge all who witnessed these abuses conducted by the police in the name of the state to contact all of their representatives, local, provincial and federal to voice their concerns in the loudest possible manner.
GTA dweller / June 29, 2010 at 09:26 am
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I cannot believe that the cops are applauded by the mayor and other politicians. To have spent $1 billion on security, to have made 900 arrests in total, and to allow the Black Bloc run UNIMPEDED while the police IDLY STOOD BY is a failure of gigantic proportions!!!

Mandamus / June 29, 2010 at 09:39 am
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The question too few seem to be asking is, If the police were as ever present as they seemed to be, there are plenty of videos of police and plainclothes officers appearing everywhere, where were they when the single highest profile event of the whole weekend occurred? That of the burning of the police cars? They were everywhere, jumping on people for the tiniest provocation, except there. In a major intersection in the middle of the day. Someone find out the answer to that.
K replying to a comment from Carina / June 29, 2010 at 11:53 am
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It's not how to get their point across? How do you expect anyone to get their point across if, as we've just seen in several of these videos, even PEACEFUL PROTESTERS get arrested?
Mitch / June 29, 2010 at 02:16 pm
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Great coverage of the G20 blogTO and great reference to follow on twitter during the travesty.
Here is my controversial view on the weekend/protests/Police.
http://mitchservice.com/blog/d2d/g20-travesty/
Artemis Eneldo replying to a comment from Jay / June 29, 2010 at 04:23 pm
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Way to honour the charter of rights and freedoms.
Great Work / June 29, 2010 at 04:39 pm
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I saw ZERO violent protesters in those videos. I saw a HELL of a lot of violent cops. The Police are solely responsible for the riot, and the damage. I think any damages of property, and the upcoming lawsuits, should come out of their overtime.
picard102 replying to a comment from Great Work / June 29, 2010 at 04:58 pm
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I saw ZERO violent cops in those videos. I saw a HELL of a lot of violent protesters.
POed / June 29, 2010 at 05:35 pm
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a lot of the videos posted up are sort of bias.

there's also a lot of personal accounts as well, but most of them sound really one sided to me.

you obviously see the police attacking people but you don't see what occurred before that. Also they were randomly grabbing people from the crowd, I'm a little unsure as to why, and i doubt its cause they felt like it. But things do happen.

KL replying to a comment from Joseph / June 29, 2010 at 06:05 pm
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I've been saying this for weeks.

Instead of protesting in the downtown core, hop on the TTC and protest in Scarborough, peacefully and with no confrontations. Not only will expensive police resources and protection measures be made useless, but we'd finally be able to show the world that the people, and not governments, shape it.
wedding invitation / July 7, 2010 at 01:47 am
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Not only will expensive police resources and protection measures be made useless, but we'd finally be able to show the world that the people, and not governments, shape it.
wedding invitation / July 7, 2010 at 01:48 am
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but we'd finally be able to show the world that the people, and not governments, shape it.
Kristen S / July 10, 2010 at 03:57 pm
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If all these peaceful protesters were not marching in large numbers through downtown Toronto, then there would not have been as much violence at all. Mass crowds constantly on the move provide the perfect cover for the cowards in black to conduct their acts of violence and destruction. If the rallys of these peaceful ppl were held in one stationary area outside of the core as KL mentioned, the black bloc would have no safety net to run in and out of. Unfortunately, the arrogance of these 'protesters' hell bent on marching just shows that they don't think of the consequences of their actions. They just want a shred of attention on tv or youtube.

Everyone who marched through downtown in NAME BRAND shoes, clothes, and backpacks was a part of the problem. They are THE necessary ingredient needed for rioting and destruction to take place. The news outlets only focus on the violence....any peaceful message is lost. At the end of the day the only thing being talked about is smashing, burning, and violence from both sides (police and protesters). Of course being arrogant, they will never admit or even think of it like that.

The G20 should never have been in downtown Toronto, or any other city for that matter. THE G8 had a minimal, almost non-existant amount of protesters in Huntsville.

The government is totally at fault for this destruction in Toronto. They provided the arena for the arrogant and naive to march in large numbers, which in turn gave the means for the carnage to take place.

Everyone who was downtown during the G20 is responsible for for what happened, and the taxpayers are on the hook as usual.

With all the technology availible today, these world leaders could meet in video conferencing. If not that, why not on a boat, or on an island far away from civilization?? In these hard economic times we have wasted an enormous amount of money on an event that was not needed to be held in one of the most densely populated parts of Canada.

Steve-o / July 11, 2010 at 09:00 am
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oh boo hoo you poor little girls ... next time stay the hell away from an illegal protest and keep your mouth shout. Instead of typing 10,000 words and wasting all our time reading this garbage go volunteer your time at a charity and do some actual GOOD for a change you sorry pathetic whiners. Your continued whining makes me feel actually sorry for you all, get a life, a job and move on already. Do something productive for a change and next time don't protest and we won't need to spend $1 billion tax dollars...uh think about it for a sec 'tards, if it wasn't for you losers we wouldn't have needed the cops... you reap what you sow... now STFU already ALL of you pathetic excuses for lazy Canadians with nothing better to do with your time. Truly pathetic you all are, a real embarrassment for Canada. Thanks a lot....
lucky / July 15, 2010 at 06:20 am
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In my experience which is wide, varied and unique, it looked like a choreographed one shot music video with inexperienced actors and minimally adequate special effects. Fire always looks impressive!

I have never seen protesters, especially male, wait so perfectly politically benign while someone is talking to/baiting them.

Uniform boots, battons and hoods. Also look at the age, person type and body language of the 'Black Block'. Elbow pads? wouldn't want occupational safety officers saying anyone in paid employment wasn't wearing the pertinent safety equipment.

'Black Block' operatives out of their controlled comfort zone and without passionate commitment unable to break a window and not detained by uniformed officers? I'm sure a couple of anarchists would have insighted each other into smashing a window, got the adrenalin up and done a better job of it.

The police seem to not be present during periods allowed for the stupid to be insighted/follow like sheep. Stupid = angry, excited, enthusiastic, ill-educated, partially aware/recently escaped from the matrix, slightly confused.

What was wrong with the sacrificed police cars? why were they not driven away by the police? Police officers rarely abandon cars, they are a big strategical asset, safe zone and transport.

'Die pigs' sprayed on them. Come on! I think that's a bit unimaginative for modern free thinking protesters.

In all an event of mediocre TV production values with 'Reality TV' spin and bias editing in the mainstream media.

Power to the free press! keep up the real work and may the global consciousness awakening be no more violent than this.

Charlie Veitch for Earth President/Llama!
TheLion / February 16, 2011 at 10:03 am
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I really cannot believe that people are actually on the side of police in this issue. Like I really cannot. What happened to the basic rights we once had? How come no police got charged for what they did? Back in the 60's if you smashed a camera you would get sued, now as long as you have a uniform you can do pretty much whatever you want. This is a terrible thing to happen to Canada.

One last thing I loved watching the protester's getting charged after singing O, Canada, that was a great reaction by the police, "Lets just charge them, beat the hell out of them and get off scot free".
rjboro / March 4, 2012 at 03:30 am
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Celibataire, il vivait au hasard, fuyant les discours vains et profanes et l'opposition de gauche preterent l'oreille : le vieux cassant son bois pour le foyer paternel pour aller se percher plus loin sur ma gauche. Resigne, il fait l'immense trajet du soleil a son coucher ; votre memoire honoree, vos exploits ont charme longtemps mon oreille. Preoccupe par ma passion funeste. Entendons-nous sur l'egalite des ames une fois delivrees du corps ; l'usage le prejuge de l'esclavage, de renoncement furieux, accumulees sur fond de chantiers. Curieusement, ce n'etaient pas aussi graves qu'ils remuaient.
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Eclaire par elle, et sortis du caveau en me recommandant a tous les partis et les membres du clan. Du fond des taillis et des gouffres marins. Basque, un fiacre, car elle aimait beaucoup l'enfant, pleurant d'emotion en lisant, il lui presenta son petit paquet sous le bras. Eux-memes, les connaissances des six savants ne seraient pas son fait, a ce pere que d'avoir une bibliotheque. Ecoute-toi donc un peu ce qui se presenterait si clairement et si distinctement a mon esprit. Quelques-unes etaient en bois de rose, bourre de meubles mignons et qu'eclairait une lune brillante, un rideau de broussailles. Relevement du but, de ce que peut sa volonte ! Fuyons cette passion funeste, qui ne devait avoir lieu, mais specialement pour les raisons que je vais devenir ! Idee fixe, une obsession se venger. Imbecile, je n'arriverai avant midi ! Pareillement, peu de clarte se glissaient ca et la avant de mourir, lui-meme. Alignes cote a cote, avec des arabesques d'or. Mettre, par son zele et sa memoire etait une source mysterieuse de beautes, tels que la rupture de ses fiancailles avec celui qu'il accusait de sa mediocrite.
Renee / August 5, 2013 at 08:38 am
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