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Police union calls for Sid Ryan to resign over “inflammatory” agent provocateurs comment

Sid Ryan - Steve Russell
Labour leader Sid Ryan at a press conference Wednesday, where he raised concerns that police may plant agent provocateurs among the G20 protesters to incite violence. Photo: Steve Russell

The Toronto Police union is calling for Sid Ryan to resign after the Ontario Federation of Labour president suggested police may plant agent provocateurs among the G20 protesters to incite violence.

“It’s totally irresponsible, inflammatory and idiotic thing to say for someone in his position. Nothing could be further from the truth,” said Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association.

“It’s a total insult to police everywhere.”

At a press conference for the “People First!” rally on Wednesday, Ryan said he had concern the police would use the disguised agents to cause chaos in order to provoke a violent response from security forces.

“They've done it before,” Ryan asserted. “I'm concerned about that as a tactic to justify police presence and justify the spending of $1.3 billion on security.”

McCormack dismissed the comment as “cheap publicity” at expense of Toronto police’s reputation.

“At the very least, Sid Ryan should apologize to our membership,” he said. “We’re not going to stand by and let him make these irresponsible comments.”

Meanwhile, in an announcement Wednesday, the Council of Canadians called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to give his assurance that no agent provocateurs will be used during the G8 or G20 protests.

“I’m deeply concerned that neither you, nor anyone in the government, nor the Integrated Security Unit itself, have ruled out the use of agent provocateurs at the upcoming G8 and G20 summits,” says Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow in a letter to Harper.

“Three undercover police officers attempted to incite violence in 2007 at the Montebello protest against the Security and Prosperity Partnership. The proof of their actions was caught on film,” Barlow wrote. “The Sûreté du Québec was forced to admit that they were police officers, dressed in black and holding rocks. Yet, to date no one has been held accountable and through his silence, Harper appears to have given tacit approval of the use of agents provocateurs.”


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One billion dollars IS a lot of money to justify when this thing could've been held somewhere else for less. Let's hope no one sneezes at an inopportune moment.

This Message to Harper "NO VOTE" for u
Next time please use Brain instead of Your Power.

people are suffering to Host u and your Pupets

Given that the Quebec police DID pose as protesters in an attempt to start a riot at Montebello in 2007, it is definitely NOT inflammatory for Ryan to say what he said. The ISU will want to justify its billion-dollar price tag.

These meetings could have been held over phones or Skype for millions less! It does not take a brain to know this. But then one may question if the GOV. has any to use. This is a Mtg. over poverty and concern over third world, what a slap in the face while wasting MY TAXES>......

I live and work within the security zone and truly hope that I witness peaceful protesting, not just because I don't want to see anyone harmed but because I would like the Canadian government to see that all the money that was spent on security was in vain. We are peaceful people. Canada is a wonderfully intelligent country. Let's speak our minds, demonstrate our views through acts of kindness, do some tai chi, chant, pray etc. Let's not forget that we cannot fight war, fight drugs, fight poverty... it's the Law of Attraction, fighting begets fighting.

Let's show uncompromising compassion

Again Montebello 2007 - Quebec cops admitted publicly (and it was a PR nightmare for the police) that they had agent provocateures with rocks and face-masks but, insisted that the police weren't actually going to through the rocks.

G20 - More agent provocateurs? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r-6cnGkp3Y

You make the call.....

The best to protest would be in nobody even showed up in downtown Toronot to protest - the streets would have been deserted - the cops and security would be standing there useless - would have been a prime example of how to WASTE A BILLION.

The Toroton Police and 'the' Mainstream Media (MSM) needed a little bit of chaos to justify the security spending and revocation of Canadian civil liberties.

The jig is up. The police agent provocateurs will be found, named, and publicly held accountable along with the logistical planners.

As an aside, we MUST restore the issuancy of the Canadian Dollar back to the Bank of Canada with interest free money. See movie - Oh Canada! Our Bought and Sold Out Land.

With Love.

These are the same leaders who moan about carbon taxes and footprints, well guess what, they could have done a confrence call, there is no other reason for these meetings other than militarizing the police, using tax dollars to buy weapons which will be used against the people and making the people in the west see their police as an occupying army who is here to beat them into submission and to traumatize police by subjecting them to the people yelling insults at them. I suggest that the next time a city holds a confrence like this people protest the mayor and local elected officials and throw them out of office, I cant stand eco-nazi's and their green fatwas but to me this is the most wasteful, traumatizing polarizing slap in the face that elected officials can do and Toronto is ill served by its leaders to have such a spectacle play out at the people's expense

these meetings make a mockery of the freedom that every leader of every g20 nation claims to represent

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