Police action was on front doorsteps of Toronto’s arts scene
Spinner – Parts of downtown Toronto’s vibrant music scene became a violent battle zone last weekend as the G20 Summit was held. In the wake of a small group of so-called anarchists attacking store windows and burning abandoned cop cars, heavily armoured riot police shot tear gas, rubber bullets, physically attacked peaceful protesters and used other forms of psychological warfare. Over 1,000 people were arrested and detained, media included, many just for showing up to exercise their rights as citizens.
Much of the action took place just steps from the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Steve’s Music Store, and MuchMusic’s Queen Street TV studio. Yonge-Dundas Square, where Iggy Pop and the Stooges performed for NXNE less than a week before, also fell victim to destruction and violence. Present among the peaceful protesters — some in body, others in spirit — were a handful of Canadian musicians.
They old can’t kill the young forever, Tienanmen Square
(Last 31 seconds of police charge on Queen St. at Spadina)
It is a shame on Canada that Prime Minister Harper doesn’t want to hear the voices of Canadians. Neither did the Communist leadership in China at Tienanmen Square.
Harper reacted to the G20 protests the same way the Chinese government did with military might. Harper got ready with in $1 billion in police buildup.
The police attacked the crowd on Queen Street West near Spadina. Up until then people had been walking and protesting, carrying their signs. Those would be Charter Rights in Canada.
After singing O’Canada, a few people sat in the middle of the street and the police charged the crowd. (8:30 in the video) Then the violence began. Don’t take our word for it. The video is crystal clear (after the story break)
Police precipitated Saturday violence by charging protesters on Queen at Spadina
From Slate – Protests at the G20 in Toronto turned ugly on Saturday, with demonstrators setting fire to cars, smashing windows and shutting down the subway system in the city’s financial district. Dozens of arrests after the incident brought the total number for the summit into the hundreds, but the demonstrations were largely peaceful.
“Police were steadily pushing onlookers and protesters away … chanting ‘move’ and rhythmically hitting their batons on their shields. Progress was gradual, and there was no violence,” the Wall Street Journal reported. “Some protesters chanted in the streets while a young woman with a megaphone stood by the police line urging bystanders not to be violent.” Continue reading →
Ontario’s former AG has been charged with criminal negligence causing death and released under conditions following last nights deathly accident on Bloor West in Toronto.
“Bryant, 43, has also been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death,” reported a Toronto police spokesperson.
Bryant left the Toronto police station without making a court appearance as is usual. He must appear in court on October 19, 2009 to answer the charges.
“I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mr. (Darcy Allen) Sheppard,” Bryant having obviously changed from the t-shirt he was wearing when arrested. “To all those who offered support to my family in the last 12 hours, thank you.” Continue reading →