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06/27/2010

Live blog: Sunday, June 27

12:27 p.m."It's a start," says Bono

U2 singer and activist Bono has given Prime Minister Stephen Harper a half-hearted endorsement for his moves on maternal health at the weekend summits.

“Prime Minister Harper’s plan for the G8 on maternal mortality is not everything that’s needed to tackle the moral affront of millions of mothers dying in childbirth, but it is a start on a job that world leaders need to finish,” Bono, co-founder of the advocacy group ONE, said in a statement.

 He encouraged leaders to step up efforts to make further progress on achieving the millennium development goals (MDG), notably when they meet at the United Nations this fall.

“The MDGs must stay at the heart of the G8, G20 and U.N. until leaders agree to a concrete plan to get them back on track. Time is ticking away,” Bono said.

12:10 p.m. Down a rabbit hole

 Protestors arrested Saturday at G20 demonstrations are being deprived of their constitutional rights and have essentially disappeared down a “rabbit hole,” says a Brantford lawyer.

Six Nations protestors called and text-messaged lawyer Sarah Dover as they were being surrounded by police and arrested outside the Novotel Hotel Saturday night, but she says she hasn’t heard from them since and hasn't been able to find out when they'll be released or where.

A person charged not only has the right to contact their lawyer, but they must also be released as soon as possible from detainment unless they are being taken before a justice of the peace within 24 hours for more serious crimes, says Dover.

The “critical problem is the lack of communication and the lack of fundamental constitutional values,” she says.

 Lawyers who spoke to senior police officers at the Eastern Ave. detention centre, where about 500 protestors are being held, report the officers said  they didn’t have the legal authority to release the protestors, says Dover.

 Many of the First Nations protestors taken into custody were arrested for breach of peace under Section 31 of the Criminal Code says Dover, which allows police to arrest them, but doesn’t involve criminal charges.

-- Patty Winsa

12:13 p.m. Canada gets its way on bank tax

 The G20 leaders gave decided it will be left up to individual countries to determine if they want to impose a bank tax or establish some kind of rainy day fund to counterbalance another financial collapse such as the one that sparked the worldwide recession, the Star has confirmed.

 That satisfies Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who had opposed an across-the-board tax, even on countries whose banks were solid. He called it an unnecessary financial burden.

 The final communique today will say all countries should make sure ordinary people are not stuck with the bill when banks fail. Countries like the U.S., Great Britain and France which were forced to bail out their banks to the tune of billions of dollars, are aggressively pushing for a tax.

 - Richard Brennan

12:11 p.m. His own private sit-in

 As protest activity and police squads built up around the city, a quiet, bearded man with pale green eyes was having his own private sit-in.

 "Fasting for Non-Violent Protest" reads his sign, as he sits on the curb outside Old City Hall.

"I've been here since 7 a.m. Friday morning," he says. "It's been around 51 hours." His name is Eric Demore and he's "taking a stance against the use of violence this weekend, either by protestors or police."

He goes home to sleep, but otherwise has been out here, without eating, for the whole G20.

Yesterday he walked down Queen St. West and saw "the people in black wreak havoc."

The police have searched his bag a number of times. Demore, 25, says when he heard the G20 was coming to Toronto, he knew he would take part.

He's unhappy that "the environment is nowhere near the top of the priority list" and a 2005 promise to provide anti-viral drugs for all HIV positive people has been forgotten.

But when he heard of all the preparations police were making to deal with violence this weekend, "it seemed like a self-fulfilling prophecy." So he decided a fast in favour of non-violence would be his end goal.

 "People have stopped to ask me 'Do you feel like what you're doing worked?' " says Demore, who starts a job as a high school teacher in September. "I don't really have an answer for that. Realistically, no delegate will look at my sign and think twice."

 -- Denise Balkissoon

12:10 p.m.

Protesters dispersed at Detention Centre

12:05 p.m. More on Jail Rally

Riot police arrive at Detention Centre. Arrests are taking place. A coachload of police officers arrived at scene. Group of protesters chants: "We are peaceful, how about you?" Police charged group, hitting two with batons. Riot police continue to hold position, hammering their shields with their batons.

Riot

12:00 p.m. Jail rally

From reporter Brendan Kennedy, who is at the jail solidarity rally on Eastern Ave.: "Everything seemed really peaceful. Things were going as they were and then there was a black van and it looked like police came out of it and had batons and started hitting people. All of a sudden police just pushed protestors back and started hitting people with batons and I got shoved. I didn’t see any provocation. Obviously I can’t see everything ... There are about 200 people here, standing on the line. It was a peaceful demonstration and a guy was playing the bass. All of a sudden, this black van came up and I thought I saw police — plain-clothed but they had badges — coming out with batons."

11:47 a.m. Police ask for help

The Toronto Police Service announced this morning it has set up the G20 Investigative Team to examine all crimes committed during the summit.

The police are asking the public to send information, images or video to corporatecommunications@torontopolice.on.ca or take them to any Toronto police station.

11:43 a.m. The economy can wait...

British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel just couldn't resist.

 The Canadian Press reports the pair ducked out of formal summit talks to watch the second half of the World Cup knockout game between their countries on Sunday.

But the game between the longtime rivals turned controversial after England's Frank Lampard had a clear goal disallowed, leaving England trailing 2-1 at half-time - and it got worse for England, as Germany took a 4-1 lead in the second half.

The final score was 4-1 for Gemany.

11:35 a.m. The show will go on

Today’s Toronto Jazz Festival events will go ahead as planned, including tonight’s Harry Connick Jr. concert, 8 p.m. at the Canon Theatre.

11:35 a.m. Jail rally

Marchers have just reached the jail on Eastern Ave. They're cheering, blowing vuvuzelas and chanting. Police are keeping the crowd far away from fence, moving demonstrators onto Pape Ave., just north of Eastern Ave. Traffic is flowing freely on Eastern Ave. Demonstrators are chanting "Free all prisoners!" and "Justice! Justice!"

11:35 a.m. No confirmation of reinforcements

The Integrated Security Unit is not confirming reports of reinforcement officers being deployed to downtown Toronto.

 Neither the OPP nor the ISU will comment on reports from CP24 that 1,000 additional Ontario Provincial Police officers are joining the thousands of police already on security detail in the city.


11:25 a.m. U of T arrests loaded into a bus

"We don't know who they are, but it's obvious they had criminal intent today," Samantha Mulle of Peel Regional Police says of the 70 people arrested at the University of Toronto.

 The people in custody have been loaded into a bus that's idling on Spadina.

 Police are still going through bags of clothing and "weapons of opportunity" outside University of Toronto's Graduate Students' Union building.

Arrest
Arrest at U of T. STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR

11:22 a.m. The next summit...

 South Korea says its hasn’t given out details of dollar estimates for hosting the G20 summit next year but spokesperson says “we expect to be somewhere between Canada and France,” the Star’s Joanna Smith reports.

 French President Nicolas Sarkozy said this weekend the G8 summit in Nice next year will cost one tenth of Canada’s $1 billion security bill to host both G8 and G20 events.

11:15 a.m. Marchers reach Eastern Ave.

About a hundred peaceful marchers in the jail solidarity rally are now walking south on Logan from Queen. They're chanting "so-so-so-solidarity." Thumbs-up from workers as they pass Weston's bakery. The marchers have reached Eastern Ave. Police are marshalling. Everybody's getting along.

11:11 a.m. Rally begins Rally.staring

Marchers are now heading east on Queen St. towards the temporary jail at Easten Ave. Marchers are blocking eastbound lanes, just west of Logan Ave. Westbound lanes open. Police are marshalling. About 100 people are now marching.

11:05 a.m. Rally set to begin

Jail solidarity Rally organizer Moe Luksenberg says he's received reports from those arrested of a lack of toilet paper and adequate space to lie down inside the temporary jail on Eastern Ave.

The march to the jail will begin as soon as bike cops arrive, police are saying.

11:05 Toronto, Bay and King sts.

The cleanup at the BMO building continues.Worker with Goodbye Graffiti using high pressure hose to blast black scrawl "Bomb the Banks" off the marble. Dumps chemical cleaner on and continues spraying. Large parts of the windows are boarded off with plywood.

11:02 a.m. On the scene at U of T

Police are at the University of Toronto grounds at Huron and Bancroft loading about 70 people into Court Services vans, the Star's Brett Popplewell reports. 

The people have been arrested on charges related to G20 summit, although police won't say what the charges are.

Police say they found "people in black clothing" and "weapons of opportunity," but they couldn't say if the people were part of the Black Bloc which smashed buildings and rampaged through downtown streets yesterday.

"Weapons of opportunity" are things such as bricks that could be thrown.

 The people are handcuffed and range from late teens to middle-aged. It's not clear if any are U of T students.

 One middle-aged, barefoot, woman in yellow was ushered by police to the van.

Samantha Mulle of Peel Regional Police says, "Officers are being pro-active. They raided a university building around 10 a.m. No one was authoritzed to be in the building."

 She wouldn't say what intelligence led them to the building.

The arrested people are going to be transported to the Eastern Ave. detention centre. There are three Court Services vans and also some Budget rental vans on the scene. Police are carrying big garbage bags they're filling with materials.

 The site is near the Graduate Students' Union and the Earth Sciences Centre.

10:55 a.m. U of T raid

A raid was conducted at an address around Huron and Bancroft streets at the University of Toronto where officers made about 70 arrests and seized weapons, confirmed Toronto Police spokesman Tim Burrows.

Burrows said the raid was a result of information, and not because of an active incident at the university. He said officers seized a "large number" of street weapons, rocks and bricks during the raid.

Officers from Peel, York and Montreal are on the scene.

Burrows also confirmed that there are arrests taking place near Yonge and Edward Sts. He could not say how many are being arrested, or what the situation was behind the arrests.

10:50 a.m. Organizers ask for calm

Jail solidarity rally oganizers are asking demonstrators that if ordered by police to disperse, to do so calmly and orderly. They intend the march and rally to be "low-risk" and peaceful. "We will not try to take the road," said Moe Luksenberg.

10:40 a.m. Protesters warned Brendan.photo

Insp. Brian O'Connor and another Toronto police officer warned rally organizers from the Toronto   Community Mobilization Network that if their march to the temporary jail on Eastern Ave. turns violent, they will arrest people. "There will be no tolerance whatsoever for any violence," O'Connor said.

Organizers said the protest would be peaceful, but they wanted assurances from police that if they were ordered to disperse by police they would be given opportunities to do so. There are now about 50 demonstrators in Jimmie Simpson Park for the jail solidarity rally and march, which looks like it's about to start.

10 29 a.m. Rally at Jimmie Simpson Park

 Two police officers have just warned organizers of the jail solidarity rally at Jimmie Simpson Park they will not tolerate any violence, but they will "facilitate" a peaceful march to the jail on Eastern Ave.

The crowd is growing slowly for the rally, scheduled to start at 10 a.m. but there were only about two dozen people gathered by then.

10:28 a.m. On the DVP

Sixteeen buses full of police, with police escorts, heading down the DVP, just passing Bloor right now.

 10:23 a.m. Near the fence

 The entrance to an underground parking garage is being boarded over at University and Wellington. Behind the fence, maybe 50 police officers are relaxed, chatting, eating granola bars, laughing, texting.

10:22 a.m. Near the Atrium on Bay

"It's gonna get crazy again this afternoon," a Toronto police officer tells me.

 "Where?"

 "Anywhere south of Dundas," he says.

10:22 a.m. Mass arrests near U of T

A large number of people are being arrested around Spadina near the University of Toronto.

The Integrated Security Unit would not confirm what time the arrests started, only that ‘street weapons’ were seized from them.

A police officer who was interviewed on CBC said about 50 people with a large number of bricks were arrested while CP24 reported 70 people were arrested.

SUNDAY MORNING ON QUEEN ST.
Randy Risling took a stroll down Queen St. this morning. Click to watch video:

10:15 a.m. Held for hours

Prisoner processing at the Eastern Ave. detention centre is “completely backed up,” said Toronto lawyer Irina Ceric, a legal observer with The Movement Defence Committee.

 Ceric said she is getting phone calls this morning from people who have been held at the centre for hours – some since 7 p.m. Sunday night – who were unable to access phones overnight after being arrested. Ceric contacted a police officer at the temporary jail who told her there was no sergeant there with authority to release detainees.

She said some are being held without being charged with a crime.

Ceric’s organization has volunteer lawyers available in its G20 Summit Legal Support Project to provide legal advice and assist with bail hearings for all arrested protesters. The observers also monitor police conduct.

10:11 a.m. More on arrested journalist

The British newspaper The Guardian is reporting that the Canadian arrested during a protest last night in Toronto is a freelance journlist who has written for their Comment is free site.

Jesse Rosenfeld describes himself in his profile as editor of thedailynuisance.com, a worker's collective, who lives in Jaffa and has reported on Israel/Palestine since 2007.

Allvoices.com, a news and information collective, says Rosenfeld was born and raised in Toronto and has written for NOW magazine, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, The Montreal Mirror and This Magazine.

9:55 a.m. Open and closed

Tim Hortons confirms that most of its downtown coffee shops will be closed today.

 The Eaton Centre, however,  will be open for business from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., says Brian O’Hoski, property retail manager.

9:38 a.m. Arrest outside Atrium downtown

Four police officers in front of the Atrium on Dundas St. near Yonge are looking through evidence this morning confiscated from a man they call an anarchist. He was arrested overnight and is in custody.

 The haul includes a black bandana, two tennis balls and a black metal Batman logo that could be used like brass knuckles, according to police.

The officers are on Hour 17 of their shift and will go home to sleep once they process the evidence. Star reporter Liam Casey told emphatically not to take any pictures.

FULL MARKS FOR CREATIVITY:
Somebody spells "No G20" using fresh sod on Adelaide St. on Saturday:

Grass

 9:21 a.m. The view from the east

 Looks like things are moving east today, the Star's Jennifer Bain reports from east-end Toronto.

 The TD bank at Queen St. E. and Logan Ave. is boarded up, although the nearby Starbucks isn't. It was open briefly, unlike the Starbucks shops downtown, but employees there say they're closing down and leaving soon.

Inside the Petro Plus, a local says protesters are gathering near Queen and Degrassi.

All I see are police on the south side of Queen watching Jimmie Simpson Park. Also a row of unmarked vans. Nearby, outside the Eastern Ave. detention centre, lots of police and a handful of media crews.

9:39 a.m. Fiorito: G20’s ‘positive discussion’ for the homeless

The following, from a plan of action circulated by Phil Brown, the general manager of Toronto’s Shelter, Support and Housing Administration:

“At the request of Toronto Police Services, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration is taking the lead in helping vulnerable people and those who are homeless to find services and assistance in advance of the G20.”

I repeat: “At the request of Toronto Police Services.”

Call it help, or economic cleansing.

And here is a quote from the accompanying introductory letter: “Some agencies are reporting that they are looking on the G20 as an opportunity to engage their clients in positive discussions about global issues.”

I do not know and have not met Mr. Brown, but I wonder if what he calls an opportunity is his tongue planted firmly in his cheek?

And so I went poking around town to see if I could find anyone who had been subjected to some of those positive discussions.

First, to the Shelter Services Assessment and Referral Centre on Adelaide St., where two very nice women declined, pleasantly, to inform me of the whereabouts of any homeless men or women who might have had the honey of positive discussion poured down their ear holes.

That’s as it should be.

It is good to know that our homeless are being protected as well as our dear leaders.

Perhaps not quite as well.

Then I wandered over to the grass in front of the Metropolitan United Church on Queen St., where the men play chess and the homeless pass the time of day.

Three guys passing time on the church steps. They talked freely, no fault of mine: I am neither down nor out, which means I have some power, which means it’s easier to talk than it is to refuse.

Scott said, “I been on the street 10 years. I been harassed by the cops, especially the last few days. ‘Don’t be coming downtown, don’t be causing disturbances.’

“They say they’ll put you in jail. ‘What are you doing, where are you going?’ Last night, I slept in a park on Bay St. near City Hall.”

I’d love the social worker who could make something positive out of that.

Khim Knowledge –that’s his stage name, he says he is an actor in the movies – said, “I’m having some problems. The last couple of days, ten times the cops grabbed my stuff and dumped it. One of them pushed me against the wall, asking my name, talking about a warrant. I been in jail.”

I reckon he has; and, somewhere along the line he picked up a deep scar on his cheek, a furrow for his tears; in a strange way it accentuates his good looks. He said he was going to sleep on the median of University Avenue. Near the memorial. By the lions.

Wimoweh.

And Kenny said, “I slept last night at the Fred Victor. Streets to Homes put me there because of the G20.”

I said the rooms there were good and the food was fair, and Kenny said the rooms were fair and the food was good.

But none of the three have had positive discussions.

It was much the same near the chess players. I asked a handsome bearded man where he slept last night and he smiled broadly.

“In the world.”

Me, too.

Except I had down pillows and he meant near the liquor store on Front St., which had been firmly boarded up. I asked the handsome man what he would tell the G20 leaders if he could. “The G20? They can’t find the G-spot of the world. They’re having a hard time satisfying anyone anywhere.”

Tongue, cheek.

-- Joe Fiorito

9:30 a.m. Harper opens summit

 Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched the G20 meeting of global leaders this morning by urging them to take decisive action on mounting national debts. He warns that failure to act could derail a fragile recovery.

With leaders from 20 developed and developing nations gathered around at large round table at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Harper laid out the challenge that confronts them in a day of discussions on the global economy.

“The recent skittishness of markets is telling us they are awaiting our actions, actions that must be decisive but also coordinated and balanced,” Harper said.

 “Here is the tightrope that we must walk, to sustain recover it is imperative that we follow through on our existing stimulus plans,” the prime minister said.

Harper said that if the world's economy is to bounce back, the advanced countries have to cut their deficit by half in three years. Read more on the Prime Minister's opening remarks.

 - Bruce Campion-Smith and Richard J. Brennan

9:27 a.m. PMO defends police action

As Toronto began cleaning up after a long day of riots and clashes, the Prime Minister’s office is insisting its billion-dollar tab for summit security was money well-spent, saying police officers saved the city from broader rampage.

Dimitri Soudas, director of communications to Stephen Harper, refused to comment on specific police tactics, but said the massive police presence had been effective.

“Our police services did a magnificent job to ensure that these thugs don’t rampage around the city wreaking more havoc,” he told reporters Sunday morning. “What we saw (Saturday) was a bunch of thugs that pretend to have a difference of opinion with policies and instead choose violence to express those so-called differences."

Soudas also defended the federal government decision to locate the G20 summit at the heart of Canada’s largest city, a choice that has made Toronto’s downtown ground zero for riots and protests.

“It is very difficult to do it, for example, in Muskoka because there would be no accommodations,” Soudas said.

Soudas spoke just as G20 leaders arrived at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for a day of talks on the economic ills around the globe and government measures to spur the recovery. Potentially divisive discussions will centre on the pace of trimming national deficits and curbing government stimulus spending.

- Bruce Campion-Smith

9:16 a.m. GO gets going

GO Transit has confirmed that all train and bus service into Union Station will resume service at 10 a.m. The first Niagara Falls train will leave at 10 a.m. GO Transit is encouraging passengers plan extra time for travel into the city and to check the website for any service changes.

9:11 a.m. Protesters seen coming out of manhole

A security guard describes seeing what he believes were two protesters emerge on to Queen St. yesterday by popping up through a manhole cover.

A man and two women were standing near the manhole cover in front of 20 Queen St. W. yesterday around 1:45 a.m. when two men jumped out from the underground. One sprinted east to Yonge St., said security guard Peter Pangopoulos, and the other stood with the three people who appeared to have been wating for him. The four of them started walking toward the Eaton Centre, he said.

"It was a near-perfect operation," said Panagopoulos.

In amazement, he pointed out the four people to his partner who ran to tell police officers in a Court Services van on Bay St. Police swarmed the four, who were arrested, but the one man who jumped through the manhole opening had already gone.

Inside the manhole cover is a ladder, a rope and white LED lights stretching far down before it goes black. City workers have welded the cover shut.

The Integrated Security Unit confirms this morning that four people are in custody in relation to the incident.

8:54 a.m. More arrests

About 480 people have been arrested from last night’s protests, the Integrated Security Unit reports this morning.

8:43 a.m. Queen Street West

The burned car carcass is gone outside Steve's Music, which was spared damage in yesterday's smashing rampage. Nike and the Gap remained boarded up and contractors were just installing plywood on the windows of the Wind Mobile store near Spadina this morning. Further along Queen toward Bathurst, the street looks remarkably clean for a Sunday morning, when it's usually littered with paper, pizza and the debris of a Saturday night party.

8:27 a.m. Police priorities: first, second and third

A weary Toronto Police spokesman Tim Burrows spelled out this morning what the police strategy was during yesterday's violence. The first priorty, he told CBC Radio One, was to protect the area inside the fence where the world leaders have gathered. Second was to protect human life. Third, he said, was property. "Property can be replaced."

He also said Queen's Park was never designated a "safe zone." It was a place for non-violent protest but when violent protesters entered the area, police "had no choice" but to follow them.

Burrows said he hoped today's protests will be peaceful.

8:16 a.m. TTC service resumes

The Toronto Transit Commission says full subway service will start at 9 a.m. as normally scheduled. Regular Sunday service is running on all bus and streetcar routes.

The services were suspended last night because of protests in the downtown core.

8:04 a.m. Journalist's arrest confirmed

The Guardian has confirmed that Jesse Rosenfeld, a Canadian journalist freelancing for the British newspaper, was arrested in a G20 related incident Saturday night.

Rosenfeld, 26, is reported to have been beaten by police officers at the site of a demonstration on the Esplanade around 11 p.m.

Steve Paikin, host of TVO’s The Agenda, witnessed the arrest and tweeted that he saw a journalist being held by two officers while a third punched and drove an elbow into the man’s back. He called the incident a “totally unnecessary” assault and “police brutality.”

Rabble.ca reports that Rosenfeld’s family is livid and that the journalist will be available for comment following his release from the temporary holding centre on Eastern Ave.

7:40 a.m. Inside the fence

Inside the security perimeter, it's a quiet Sunday morning, the Star's Denise Balkissoon reports.

"People are texting me, asking if it's as bad as it looks," says on female officer. "I said I don't know, I've been in here." Loads of RCMP and regular police, a few people in suits.

7:10 a.m.

GO Transit says its rail service remains suspended this morning until further notice.

7:04 a.m.

Jillian Van Acker, a spokeswoman for the ISU, has confirmed that 412 people have been arrested by police.

7 a.m.

By sunrise Sunday, Queen St. W. didn’t look so bad, except for scorched patches of pavement where police cruisers had burned, some anarchist graffiti and a few stores with their windows boarded up.

Throughout the wee hours, city maintenance crews cleaned away debris as a glaziers replaced windows on some stores along the strip. 

The only passersby appeared to be media personnel taking pictures of the aftermath.

After the street sweeping vehicles and garbage collectors came through, it was to imagine what had happened the day before. 

 - Henry Stancu


6:52 a.m.

Police and protesters have at least one thing in common -- no one will be able to escape the sticky weather. Skies are overcast in the city this morning, with conditions expected to gradually worsen throughout the day.

As the day continues, we can expect variable cloudiness and a high of 20 °C, while the afternoon may bring more clouds and showers. Thundershowers loom for the evening.

5:00 a.m.

Number of arrests rises to 300

Const. Tim Garland has confirmed that the number of people arrested has risen to about 300 this morning.

From Fabiola Carletti

4:08 a.m.

Protesters say they were boxed in, intimidated

The police have been intimidating and arresting peaceful protesters, claim organizers at the Toronto Community Mobilization Network's convergence space.

Several activists have shared eyewitness accounts with volunteers at the space, which is located at 1266 Queen St. W., where their testimonies are being compiled and offered as counter-narrative to police version of events.

Claudia Calabro, a media liaison person, spoke to the Star about one early morning incident outside of the holding cell at 629 Eastern Ave.

She says protesters had peacefully gathered to show solidarity with the activists being held inside the building between 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m Sunday. The group danced, banged drums and called out to those inside.

At around 1 a.m. they were boxed in by police in riot gear after being given an ultimatum: leave within 20 minutes or face arrest.

"This feeds into the intimidation tactics," she said, "if you say they have to go and don't let them, you're stressing them out that way."

Calabro said the police finally let the activists go with about five minutes to spare, but added that 30 of the roughly 200 participants were soon boxed in again and arrested, even through they had not been violent.

The Star's Henry Stancu also witnessed the incident, and he independently verified most of the activists' narrative, including that estimate that the 30 were surrounded by roughly 100 police officers.

He added, however, that the smaller group had only moved slightly eastward before reconvening.

He could not verify Calabro's reports that police had been shoving and intimidating the activists inside the circle.

The 30 were searched, photographed and arrested.

Jen Gearey, a spokesperson for the ISU, said that it is too soon for police to comment on individual events as they are dealing with several active incidents around the city.

From Fabiola Carletti

3:26 a.m.

Three photos from Eastern Ave. jail demo arrests

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From Henry Stancu

2:52 a.m.

Protesters being processed in the middle of street

Officers are frisking demonstrators and inspecting their backpacks in the middle of Eastern Avenue.

Thirty protesters will be taken from the site of the protest to the g20 holding centre on Eastern Avenue where police say they will be spending the night in lockup.

The demonstrators will have bail hearings in the morning.

From Henry Stancu

2:36 a.m.

30 demonstrators have been individually bound with plastic handcuffs by police near Carlaw Avenue.

4 paddy wagons have arrived to escort detainees to the holding centre just steps away on Eastern Avenue.

The protesters were surrounded by police in riot gear and put under arrest just minutes ago after refusing to leave the area.

From Henry Stancu

2:26 a.m.

Top tweet a total joke

Many serious and sobering incidents have happened all over Toronto in recent hours, but radio room reporters were especially alarmed to hear that a car had allegedly been driven right into the MuchMusic building.

We were asked to check it out and we took the task seriously.

But the police didn't confirm it and the news agencies that report from the building certainly weren't reporting on it.

Now, after seeing one of today's top G20 tweets, I see where the rumour was started.

I also see that, despite the high tensions in the city today, some people still have a sense of humour:

From Twitter: BREAKING NEWS: Someone has crashed a vehicle into the MuchMusic building http://bit.ly/duVqWd #G20

From Fabiola Carletti

2:10 a.m. Police outnumber Eastern Avenue protesters

Police now outnumber demonstrators 2:1 outside the Eastern Avenue holding centre.

Protesters are quickly starting to disperse after being offered an ultimatum by police at approximately 2 a.m. Sunday.

Leave now or face arrest for disturbing the peace, officers told a crowd of about 100 people through the PA system of an Emergency Task Force Vehicle.

Approximately 200 police officers, all in riot gear, had boxed in crowds on Eastern Avenue and Pape Avenue before allowing them to disperse.

From Henry Stancu


1:52 a.m.  Noisy crowd gathers at detention centre

Approximately 200 people are now gathered outside the temporary G20 detention centre on Eastern Avenue.

The crowd is chanting, singing and shouting while police form a wall across Eastern Avenue.

From Henry Stancu


1:46 a.m. Arrests at Queen St. East and River Street

A large group of protesters has been arrested near Queen St. East and River Street.

Approximately 60 people wearing backpacks and balaclavas were marching from downtown toward the G20 holding centre on Eastern Avenue when they were approached by police on bicycles.

Officers cornered about 20 protesters while the rest scattered.

The protesters are currently being processed at Queen and River before police take them to the temporary detention centre where they will spend the evening.

From Henry Stancu



1:27 a.m. Journalist was roughed up
and arrested, Steve Paikin tweets 

Journalist Steve Paikin, of TVO’s The Agenda, has announced through his Twitter feed that he witnessed police officers brutally assaulting another journalist earlier tonight.

Tweeting about tonight’s demonstration at the Esplanade, Paikin said that he saw a reporter who identified himself as working for The Guardian held by two officers while a third punched him in the stomach and then drove his elbow into the man’s back.

His tweets read:

“i saw police brutality tonight. it was unnecessary. they asked me to leave the site or they would arrest me. i told them i was dong my job.”

“they repeated they would arrest me if i didn't leave. as i was escorted away from the demonstration, i saw two officers hold a journalist.”

“the journalist identified himself as working for "the guardian." he talked too much and pissed the police off. two officers held him.... “

“a third punched him in the stomach. totally unnecessary. the man collapsed. then the third officer drove his elbow into the man's back.”

“no cameras recorded the assault. and it was an assault.”

From Lauren O’Neil


1:13 a.m. Plastic bullets, pepper spray guns used


Police have confirmed that plastic bullets, pepper spray guns and ARWEN launchers, which shoot a special kind of bean bag or plastic projectiles, have been deployed against protesters. Const. Tim Garland could not confirm how many times the ARWENs have been used.  Garland said the pepper spray guns work like paint ball guns, except that they shoot sacs filled with "Oleoresin Capsicum" - the active chemical ingredient in pepper spray that acts as a powerful irritant.

From Fabiola Carletti


12:58 a.m. Protesters arrested at Novotel hotel

The protesters in front of the Novotel hotel pledged to stay put for the night. At one point, a hotel guest staying on the top floor waved an Argentinian soccer jersey as protesters cheered below.

The mood turned bleak when the police arrived. They came from the east and then from the west. Soon the protesters -- about 200 of them -- were trapped.

The police began gradually moving in, squeezing tighter and tighter. The protesters stayed seated and many of them shouted that they had no way out. One person speaking into the megaphone asked if they could speak with a negotiator.

Police squeezed in to the point where they were right up against the protesters. At that point, they began darting in and snatching people out. It was clear they planned on making arrests.

Protesters began to shout out a lawyer's phone number, telling people to pass it on. They told everyone that the lawyer was advising them to give only their names and addresses if arrested. 

Some protesters started to shout "let us go!" and others had their hands above their heads. Police continued to shove in and snatch people; at one point, a cluster of protesters were pushed against a wall and a woman screamed as she was hauled away.

There were a number of reporters caught in the group, including the Star's Joanne Wong and Jennifer Yang. Steve Paikin with TVO's The Agenda was also reportedly there and he wrote on his Twitter that a Guardian reporter was assaulted and arrested.

Police allowed some reporters to leave but all protesters were arrested. As a Star reporter left around 10:30 p.m., about 20 people could be seen kneeling on the ground with their hands behind their heads. Police were tying their wrists with plastic ties.

A large Greyhound-sized bus was waiting to haul them all away. Another one pulled up at around 11 p.m.

When a Star reporter asked a police officer whether she could retrieve one of the newspaper's summer interns, Joanne Wong, who was trapped between the police lines, he was sympathetic but said there was little he could do. Joanne did not have an official G20 press pass and would be difficult to locate in the crowd.

Another officer said Joanne would likely be arrested but added she would be allowed to phone someone once she was taken to the prison. 

"Everyone had a chance to leave," one cop said. "If they're in there still, it means they will be arrested. Everyone in there is part of the problem."

Luckily, Joanne convinced one of the police officers to call the Star and confirm she was indeed a Star reporter. She was let out.

From Jennifer Yang

Day 2 recap: Peaceful protest turns violent

Toronto Star photo blog

Peaceful beginnings, violent ending as G20 protests grip Toronto


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When you bring guns to a peaceful protest, don't expect it to stay that way.

Protesters committed vandalism, they destroyed property. Police were violent, they beat people.

Even police chief Bill Blair and NDP Leader Jack Layton used the word "vandalism" rather than "violence" in their pressers tonight. The media are irresponsible to not draw this distinction.

So I think that Bill Blair and the rest of the security organizers deserve a big apology from the media and critics that have been trashing them all week regarding their security budget.

Betcha now all wish they had spend more Eh?

Now all together repeat after me " Bill you were right and we were wrong"

Apologies are the Canadian thing to do so come on and admit you were all wrong!

I have no sympathy for the socalled "peaceful" protestors, because they are the ones facilitating the hooligan criminals that trashed the city, some are probably the criminals themselves. When the violence started, the socalled peaceful ones should have packed up their traps and headed home, by staying they in essence gave shadow to the criminal elements within them, and prevented the police from doing their jobs properly, this is no different that when citizens harbour and give cover to terrorists.


Mayor Miller and top cop Blair need to resign now, they have proven time and time again they are incapable of protecting our city.

Please identify the people who destroyed public, private and importantly, police property in yesterday's horrible behaviour of a few.

I am a 4th generation Torontonian. These people do not deserve to walk on my city streets. They need to be locked up and identified. People jumping on police cars disgust me. Post their photographs. I guarantee I would be the first one to offer a cash reward for their arrest and conviction.

This is Canada... We are Canadians. We dont do things like this...

signed
A Very Disappointed Canadian / Torontonian

Thank you

Union Organizations have to take responsibility for the violence. They allowed these protesters dressed in black, balaclavas and toques in June to participate in their march. They marched these terrorists to the centre of Toronto to do their damage. They could of put public safety first and canceled their march. They didn't...

As a Toronto citizen, I am greatly angered by the black mobs and violence that G20 has brought. But what makes me more angered is the judge who handcuffed the polices' arsenal by deciding to ban the sound cannon. Obviously, Justice David Brown has not been in the downtown core trying to stop the violence with the police.

I applaud the police for arresting so many, and hope that the ones they are arresting are the ones who are vandalizing, and terrorizing the city. I even wish that Toronto citizens abhor and not take any part of the work of the black mobs!

"A weary Toronto Police spokesman Tim Burrows spelled out this morning what the police strategy was during yesterday's violence. The first priority, he told CBC Radio One, was to protect the area inside the fence where the world leaders have gathered. Second was to protect human life. Third, he said, was property."

So, let me get this straight -- they would have considered it acceptable to throw away human life just to protect their precious fence?

"He also said Queen's Park was never designated a "safe zone." It was a place for non-violent protest but when violent protesters entered the area, police "had no choice" but to follow them."

So why were they all followed and harassed? Surely they weren't all violent?

The police should've taken action! This is what happens when you get a police chief afraid of protesters complaining about him. Too worried about keeping his job than keeping civilians safe.

Video of them smashing windows here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tngRFaRSYHU

I made a blog post about G20 violence... we saw them coming at us and ran away to take a video!

http://www.rlsocial.com/blog/2010/06/g20-protesters-turn-violent/

They should all be arrested


The "journalist" that ostensible worked for the UK based Guardian that was allegedly roughed up by police.

There may be a lot more to the story than what was presented.

The Guardian have a reputation for being none too careful about employing stringers that, at best, sub-standard, and at worse, instigators of violence that "make" news rather than report on the news.

Please see the incident caused by Benjamin Joffe-Walt in China, described here:

http://www.zonaeuropa.com/20051011_2.htm

Note that the Wikipedia entry on Joffe-Walt whitewashed the whole incident.

Please get the police side of the story before drawing any conclusions.

Wow. Do you really think protesters are going to tell teenagers with stones and adrenaline to stop throwing things? These guys aren't going to calm down, they don't like authority.. They're anarchists! Stop being a total idiot and blaming the protesters for making this violent. Most protesters weren't even close to the anarchists. The anarchists were on the streets throwing rocks at windows, while most protesters were at the park. The unrightfully praised police were the ones who caused alot of trouble. They were using violence and they were the only ones using guns with rubber bullets against the protesters. Stop making it seem like the police were doing such a "good job" when they didn't even do much to stop the anarchists but instead, they attacked the peaceful protesters. This was not worth the 1.1 billion.. What a terrible idea to hold it in Toronto.. Hey Harper, why not hold the next summit in Calgary? We'll see how your supporters will react to that..

THE PARTY IS OVER .....Time to go home and cry in your beer ...from the stupidity that wraps your entire persona . You embarrassed yourselves to the 'N degree ...


THE G-8 WAS A MASTERFUL SUCCESS ...IN SPITE OF THE VEGETABLE- MINDSETS MARCHING IN PROTEST TO NOTHING .


G_D BLESS CANADA AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE G-8 G-20 ...!

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