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06/27/2010

Arrests, releases and rain.

The last day, hopefully of G20 through Toronto covered by the Toronto Star photo staff.

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BERNARD WEIL - A peaceful protest descended into chaos after plain clothes officers pulled up in a van in front of the protestors and raced into the crowd to grab several suspects, in front of the temporary detention centre at Eastern Ave. and Pape Ave. Other in the crowd were also taken away moments later.

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BERNARD WEIL - A man is detained as a peaceful protest descended into chaos after plain clothes officers pulled up in a van in front of the protestors and raced into the crowd to grab several suspects, in front of the temporary detention centre at Eastern Ave. and Pape Ave. 

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BERNARD WEIL - ETF police officers in their amoured vehicle keep watch on Leslieville where the Temporary Jail is located.

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BERNARD WEIL - A plain clothed police officer (long hair and holding riot stick) is taken down by a protestor on Eastern Avenue.

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BERNARD WEIL - A woman is detained on Pape Avenue outside of the temporary detention centre.  

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BERNARD WEIL - Police fires a muzzle blast into the crowd at the Eastern Avenue film studios.

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RICHARD LAUTENS -  International media stop working long enough at the International media centre at the CNE to watch Britain play Germany in World Cup action.

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RICHARD LAUTENS - The fake skyline well compliments the fake lake built for the Summit as a backdrop. The 24 country leaders as well as the heads of various unions and agencies got together today at the Convention Centre for their trditional group photograph.  The leaders came together just for a few moments for the portrait.

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JIM RANKIN -  Pro and anti Israel groups held side-by-side information protests behind Queen's Park. Very few people attended, leaving these two men to document themselves. A day after mostly peaceful protests turned violent, police were stopping, questioning and searching people in the downtown core and around Queen's Park. Some were handcuffed while police verified their identities.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Protesters await a new bus to transport them to the holding facility. Approximately 70 Protesters were arrested at 4 Bancroft on the University of Toronto Campus, Many were from Quebec and members of Anarchist groups.

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STEVE RUSSELL - A map of Toronto is part of an arrested protester's personal effects. Approximately 70 protesters were arrested at 4 Bancroft on the University of Toronto Campus.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Protesters arrested at U of T are shackled before getting on buses to the holding centre.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Shackled, protesters are walked from 4 Bancroft to the bus that will take them to the Eastern Avenue film studios.

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STEVE RUSSELL - A couple hundred cyclists gathered at Spadina and Bloor to wait to take to the street in a ride similar to the critical mass rides 

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STEVE RUSSELL - The ETF greet a couple hundred cyclists attempting to ride south on Spadina at Harbord as they take to the street in a ride similar to the critical mass rides, the cyclists ended up riding down Glen Morris Street.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Cyclists cut across Queens Park after being turned around from going south on Queens Park Circle.

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JIM RANKIN - Police briefly detained these two young men at the corner of Bay and Edward Sts. Their crime? Wearing black shorts and t-shirts. The arrest also happened to take place beside a CNN crew's satellite truck. After searching their bags and checking out their identities, they werelet go. They took the intrusion in stride, shaking hands with police and got them to pose for a picture with them. The pair were in too much of a hurry to talk to reporters and have their fifteen minutes of fame on CNN. They had a bus to catch. A day after mostly peaceful protests turned violent, police were stopping, questioning and searching people in the downtown core and around Queen's Park. Some were handcuffed while police verified their identities. Most of the people stopped were young men, particularly ones wearing black clothing.   

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LUCAS OLENIUK - Protesters are released from the detention centre on Eastern Avenue in Leslieville.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Courtney Winkels blows bubbles at the corner of Queen West and Noble where a bus with Quebec plates was loading to go back when police detained everyone on the bus and made some arrests.

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STEVE RUSSELL - A protester yells at police as she is detained at the corner of Queen West and Noble where a bus with Quebec plates was loading to go back. The corner is also home to the Convergence Centre. Police blocked off Noble Street and then blocked in about 50 pedestrians and held them for over an hour before gradually releasing them.

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STEVE RUSSELL - A protester is loaded into a paddy wagon at the corner of Queen West and Noble Streets.

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STEVE RUSSELL - A protester is loaded into a paddy wagon after getting arrested at the corner of Queen West and Noble in Parkdale.

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STEVE RUSSELL - A long line of police keep local residents at bay as pedestrians are detained at the corner of Queen West and Noble where a bus with Quebec plates was loading to go back. 

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CARLOS OSORIO - A group of people sang hyms and prayed at the intersection of King and Bay. 

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CARLOS OSORIO - Two woman sit with a sign at the intersection of King and Bay. 

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LUCAS OLENIUK - Protesters are released from the detention centre on Eastern Avenue at the former Film Studios.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Mike MacRory, who works at the CN Tower runs through a flooded Lakeshore as heavy rains flood the Lakeshore at Rees Street as the G20 Summit comes to an end in Toronto.   

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LUCAS OLENIUK - Riot police move in to arrest Reuters photographer Mark Blinch at Queen Street West and Soho Street.

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CARLOS OSORIO - A woman covers her head with a magazine during a heavy downpour at Queen and Cameron. Some people had come out to support those being held at Queen and Spadina which is one block east. 

    

       

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Steve Russell - When you took pics of Courtney blowing the bubbles and the girl being detained in the pic below, did you see a tall, slender white girl with blond and blue hair?

Police do not have a record of her in their system (yet) but shew as last seen being put into police wagon. Am filing missing persons report now...

Actually, the caption under the 10th from the bottom is wrong. They were NOT all released. One (minor) was just released from Eastern at 5:00 am, and another (minor) was in line (a long line) to be released from Eastern, but at least one other is still being held - the peaceful, bubble-blowing Courtney of the 11th pic from the bottom.

@JH Maxwell,
yes I did see her, she was placed in the same paddy wagon as her friend.
Sorry I'm reading this so late and I hope it helps!

Sad to see lunacy come to Toronto from Europe.

@JH Maxwell, could you email me at srussell@thestar.ca?
I have a couple questions and would like to make sure that you found you daughter.

These photos brought me to tears. Toronto police and those who defend them should be ashamed.

The cops lie, I was right there...they gave no advanced warning to the crowd to disperse (my account of what happened on Queen at Spadina yesterday evening):
Yesterday coming from work and looking for a Street car on Queen Street West, I happened upon a gathering of people, most were blocking the way to the Spadina intersection. I inquired and learned that it was a peaceful demonstration and that there was a squad of riot police surrounding the intersection.
Oddly, it was rather quiet for such a large gathering. The loudest voice I could hear was from that of a TTC employee instructing a streetcar operator to back up the vehicle that had been sandwich behind the crowd.
I engaged in an interesting conversation between a few individual on the north sidewalk. One a journalist, the other a mature man on a bike who was giving an account he witnessed of the police initiating violence on a small group of peaceful protesters in his neighborhood somewhere in the Bathurst area. The man express utter contempt and disgust for the way the police handled the situation, particularly beating a young man bloody who simply was yelling “this is a free country.”
I shared my experience of walking a few blocks and being subjected to intimidating stares by police and witnessing ordinary looking people being searched. And of the one protest I’d witness earlier in the week where there were twice as many cops following in procession. Just then I heard a bone chilling scream and within a faction of a second a mob of people were stampeding toward us. I was bumped in every direction and decided to bail to avoid being trampled.
Things settled down instantly and there was an eerie clam among the crowd. I discerned that most people were spooked and in a state of shock. A gentlemen told me that without warning the riot police and mounted horseman suddenly just rushed the crowd...this I discern being the catalyst that ignited the mad-dash.
It was then that I reached for my band new 9700 BlackBerry bold to call a friend to share what I had experienced that I realized it was no longer in the pouch. Gone, knocked loose by the mob.

I am so angry! From my estimation, the overwhelming majority of the people at that intersection were just curious well-behaved citizens, many of them like me just trying to get to my destination; caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Police acted like thugs. People could have gotten seriously hurt in that mad scramble. Needless to say shortly afterward the mass arrests occurred. Fortunately, I left moments before via the only way out of the area which was Soho Street. All the Streets leading to Richmond had been blocked off by the police. I lost my brand new $600.00 cell phone that I cannot afford to replace. And I feel badly for all those innocent citizens who were detained in the rain so needlessly. This experience has shaken me to the core, I am ashamed of the city of Toronto and disgusted at this irresponsible and despicable behavior by the police. "To Serve And Protect?"...or is it To Bully And Intimidate. I give teh Cops a "F" for the way the Spedina incident was handled. A few individuals need to resign! This is Toronto Canada in the year 2010 not Nazi Germany of the past!

I was in Toronto this weekend for a previously planned vacation. Was in the heart of all of the protests and the saddest, most disgusting part of my weekend was the so called "Black Bloc." What a bunch of cowardly gypsies and hillbillies without a cause!

That's ridiculous! how dare the detainees compare themselves to POW at Guantanamo Bay - just a bunch of wannabees looking for their 15mins of fame... I say power to the TPS and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

too many cops, with too much power ion their hands, this is the police state, it's time to take our lives back

I agree with the last person. Usually, I am very pro police and their action to protect our city. However, I am even more angry after watching the 11pm ish police press on Sunday night on CP24. He keeps on saying "I'm not apologizing, and we were there to protect the citizens of Toronto"... what an ironic comment. The citizens of Toronto were abused greatly by the police. The city would probably be safer w/o them. The more they want to control, the more people will resist!

I live in the downtown core, and I was scared to go out. Who knows ... maybe the regular stuff that I carry with me daily will be regarded as a potential danger.

I was out shooting photo on Saturday. And I was lucky to not get arrested I guess now that I am hearing about the numerous arrests at Queen's Park.

Your photos are absolutely amazing! What equipments did you use?

I am disturbed by the Pictures of the police in plain clothes making arrests. In a volatile situation and things happening so fast how can on ever hear and confirm that it is a police office? were they hoping some one would resist and then they could apply other charges?


DID ANY OF YOU ANSWER THIS POLE THAT APPARENTLY REPRESENTS WHAT EVERYONE IN TORONTO THINKS?

Most think G20 police actions justified, poll finds


WHY DO THEY NEVER PUBLISH HOW MANY PEOPLE THE POLL CONSISTED OF?
OR THE DEMOGRAPHICS?

JH Maxwell

you better act quickly if you don't find your daughter. Contact people who work in Human rights organizations maybe they can help you up. That issue of using police in plain clothes it has an objective. In other countries they do that to make it difficult for the people to ID and held them responsible if somebody goes missing.

Unfortunately there was violence during the G20 summmit here & the response of the police has shown they were not prepared to handle the situation appropriately. I for one do not object police conducting security checks and requests for identification to monitor activity & maintain law & order during such politically charged/sensitive events. However, clusters of the police force saw this as an opportunity to brandish their authority and in doing so overstepped their legal boundaries - instead of preventing assaults as is their normal policing function, they assaulted, threatened peaceful protesters with harm and arrested and detained bystanders and passersby - shame on the Toronto police force. They opted a complete role reversal - instead of upholding the law, they breached it and hence should be subject to prosecution to the full extent of the law and held legally responsible if found guilty of violating the public trust. If we through our apathy, permit the existence of double standards within our society, we will only have ourselves to blame for our downward slide towards corrupt third world type despotic police states we despise most.

For the people of Canada who think the gross injustice of the over exaggerated show of force was needed and justified, don't worry, the Government will come for you someday as well and you will then wonder when did everything go wrong with Canada? You will then think back to the G20 conference in 2010!

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Thank you for displaying these photo's of the protests because this will spread the protest via the online world which supporters and reporters can pick up on the story.

Looking at these photos of plain clothed officers ,anyone ever think that maybe they (police) ,seeing the protest was a peacefull one , wanting to justify the G20 expence etc...may have burnt their own vehicles . The bubble blowing protester should sue that so called officer of the peace , notice the female officer in the video seemed amused smiling , you can see by the look on her face this female officer was more alarmed and embarased by the aggression demonstrated by officer bubbles towards a peacefull protester ,what a useless waste of taxpayers money he is.The you tube video demonstrates clearly officer bubbles was power tripping and as a taxpayer paying his salary, think we don"t need fools like this protecting our citizens, Toronto wake up , with idiots like this in the police services, crime is on the up and up , you need brains to solve crimes any bully can be a useless cop ! Police services is a joke in Hogtown , police investigating police does not work the system is corrupt and in need real change .

The pictures look incredibly clear making the scenes look like they are from a movie, quite incredible. I really wish the protesters would remain peaceful in future as any type of violence really undermines the message they are trying to send.

he pictures look incredibly clear making the scenes look like they are from a movie, quite incredible. I really wish the protesters would remain peaceful in future as any type of violence really undermines the message they are trying to send.

Your pictures are disturbing to some but they are needed. A pictures is worth a thousand words and in this case I think even more. Keep up the good work.

The photo by Bernard Weil of the three young terrorist girls huddling together in fear of the police says it all. The senior police said all the protestors were terrorists and passed down orders to all his brain washed troops to retake the streets at any cost. On that day, the three girls, you, and I, were all terrorists in the minds of the police.

Let us not repeat the horrors of NAZI Germany with another police state called the police. The government has to get control of the police, before the police get control of the government.

Michael Hodge

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