G-20 Protest in Toronto

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While world leaders descended upon Toronto to discuss financial reform and the global economy at the G-20 summit, protesters clashed with riot police.

RawStory, June 25:

TORONTO — A government changes a law to allow police to arrest people without probable cause. It does so without any legislative debate. Then it keeps the change a virtual secret, until someone is arrested under those new powers.

The Soviet Union circa 1950? Nope. Try Canada, June 2010.

Civil liberties advocates and political activists are up in arms after it emerged Friday that police in Toronto have been given special powers to arrest anyone near the site of the G20 summit if they fail to identify themselves.

What’s more, the government of the province of Ontario, which green-lit the new powers, didn’t tell anyone about it until after someone was arrested under the new powers.

Thirty-one-year-old Dave Vasey was arrested near the G20 perimeter security fence in downtown Toronto Thursday afternoon after refusing to identify himself to a police officer.

“The officer told me, ‘I am going to have to place you under arrest if you don’t show your identification,’ and I replied ‘I’m not comfortable with that,'” Vasey said, as quoted at the Toronto Star.

With Vasey’s arrest, it emerged that Ontario secretly changed its Public Works Protection Act to allow police officers unprecedented powers of arrest. That law allowed police to arrest people if they fail to identify themselves to a police officer when inside a government building or near a “public works” project. It has now been expanded to include the area around the G20 summit, meaning a significant portion of downtown Toronto.

The Toronto Star reports:

The regulation kicked in Monday and will expire June 28, the day after the summit ends. While the new regulation appeared without notice on the province’s e-Laws online database last week, it won’t be officially published in The Ontario Gazette until July 3 – one week after the regulation expires.

According to the new regulation, “guards” appointed under the act can arrest anyone who, in specific areas, comes within five metres of the security zone.

Within those areas, police can demand identification from anyone coming within five metres of the fence perimeter and search them. If they refuse, they face arrest. Anyone convicted under the regulation could also face up to two months in jail or a $500 maximum fine.

And June 26: G20 confrontation between extreme police & protesters

Peaceful demonstrators reach a blockade of foot, bike, riot, and horseback police officers at University Avenue at Elm Street on June 25. The marchers were participation in a “Community Day of Action” during the G20 summit in Toronto. In addition to what you see and hear, riot police were banging their batons against their shields as they moved into position, and other officers put on gas masks.


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    • Edger on June 26, 2010 at 20:39

    what’s happening with the G-20. I hope you guys can fill in the gaps in comments here and with essays?

    • Edger on June 26, 2010 at 22:40
    • Xanthe on June 27, 2010 at 05:27

    hands of police on the street.  Especially interesting the police beating their sticks and marching along in nazi fashion – scare tactics.  The gloves are off, kids.

    We, no doubt, will have the technicolor version with drones overhead – notwithstanding we have a supposed “constitutional scholar” for president.  And inside the thieves make their plans.  

    Thanks Edger – we’re not going to see this on what passes for news here.


    • Xanthe on June 27, 2010 at 05:39

    there is some information on what the Olympian gods are planning.

    Also, some cute stuff about how Americans drink cold beer, not warm – by the constitutional scholar and man of the people.  (Well, the Olympian people but still….)

  1. we’re supposed to be the facists down here.  

  2. Here is an article that provides details on Canadian police having to admit planting agent provocateurs.



    Would Canadian police plant agent provocateurs? Well that is admitted.

    Did they do it again this time?

    What do you think?

  3. ….to let citizens know they are being watched? I’ve been to enough demos/protests where it is a fun game to spot possible undercover agents.

    • Edger on June 28, 2010 at 15:50

    5 undercover cops outed at G20 rally in Toronto, Friday, June 25. After this video, these 5 were chased out of the demonstration by people identifying them as undercover police. Video 2(to come) confirms their identities as officers of the law. It displays these 5 regrouping in an alleyway where they are caught off guard, and even laugh, when they see I have them on film.

    • Edger on June 28, 2010 at 17:07

    Protesters attempt to sit peacefully on the grassy median in front of Queen’s park in Toronto on Saturday June 26, 2010 – police surround them and move in swinging batons and pepper spray.

    Queens Park is basically the “lawn” of the Ontario Legislature, in downtown Toronto.

  4. Edger, a left wing gatekeeper covering such CT topics badly when a purist like myself still bothers to read some of and inject a few comments into a political place such as this.  

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