Protests must be calm and creative to make lasting impact
More recently, officials are removing our newspaper boxes and garbage cans, fearing they could be used as weapons. Are we overreacting? I don't know.
The majority of protests are expected to be peaceful, but it's always a small few who give the rest a bad name and cause all this fear and hysteria.
We all know there's a strong anti-capitalist cause; being responsible and creative in getting the message out is the only way to bring credit to the cause.
A few weeks ago, the Southern Ontario Anarchist Resistance (SOAR) said on their website that their protest activities at the summit will be militant and confrontational. They are planning to take part in the People First march before continuing on to the security fence to "confront the police state".
Before that, the Ontario Federation of Labour cancelled a demonstration at Trinity Bellwoods Park because of opposition from neighbourhood residents. Part of that opposition stemmed from fear of violent protesters. And so this rally will begin and end at Queen's Park, where, yet again, we are concerned about the security of the legislature.
Some people say it will be different from the Summit of the Americas in Seattle (1999) and in Quebec City (2001), where demonstrations erupted in violence.
Novelty is what the protesters need to get our attention. Instead of us shaking our heads in shame when we see violent protests, let's see something that looks new and interesting. It's up to these people to show the rest of us what the real issues are and how we can find solutions.
There are countless creative ventures that get our attention. Oxfam created papier mache heads of the G8 leaders. Unrelated to the summit, Doctors Without Boarders recently created a simulation of a refugee camp at Christie Pits Park.
Everyone needs to calm down a bit so we can understand what's happening around us and use this time for an intelligent debate and discussion.