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06/26/2010

Peaceful beginnings, violent ending as G20 protests grip Toronto

A look at a full day of G20 protests across the city through the lenses of five staff photographers.

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RICHARD LAUTENS - Protesters have a bit of a love-in following the initial march. Tens of thousands came out to protest the G20 meetings this afternoon.  They marshalled at Queen's Park and marched through the streets.  Originally very peacefull, the protest turned ugly with smashed windows and the police public order unit finally coming in to quell the crowd at the intersection of College and University. 

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STEVE RUSSELL - Falun Gong and Falun Dafa practioners protest peacefully in the rain as a variety of protests directed at the G20 Summit are held at Queen's Park in Toronto.

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STEVE RUSSELL - A Uygur protests against China at Queen's Park get ready to march during a protest of  G20 Summit.

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BERNARD WEIL - Flowers were thrown at the riot police on Spadina Avenue.

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CARLOS OSORIO - Riot Police, some with flowers, stand their ground on Queen Street during the G20 protests.     

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STEVE RUSSELL -  Police in soft hats watch protesters walk by on Queen Street West. The police are backed up by officers in riot gear.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Police in riot gear watch over protesters of  the G20 Summit in Toronto. 

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CARLOS OSORIO - A protester weeps infront of a line of riot police, she said that she just wishes to be let through and have her right to protest in peace in Toronto's downtown core.

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BERNARD WEIL - Police guard Queen and John Streets.

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BERNARD WEIL - Protestors block police that surrounded their police car on Queen Street west.

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LUCAS OLENIUK - An anarchist attacks the media on Queen Street West.

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LUCAS OLENIUK - An anarchist group broke away from the main protest at Queen and Spadina and began to vandalize police cars, media trucks and storefronts throughout the city.

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LUCAS OLENIUK - Anarchists vandalize a police cruiser on Bay Street before setting it on fire.

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LUCAS OLENIUK - Protesters attack a police car at Bay and King during the G20 in downtown Toronto.

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LUCAS OLENIUK - Police regroup as Anarchist protesters wreak havoc in Toronto's downtown core during the G20 protests.

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LUCAS OLENIUK - Anarchists terrorized Yonge Street Saturday smashing windows and vandalizing anything that came into their path.      

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CARLOS OSORIO - A man finds a spot to rest after Anarchist protesters wreaked havoc in Toronto's downtown core during the G20 protests.

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STEVE RUSSELL - A security Guard rescues a customer from the ATM area of the TD back at Queen and Bay after Anarchists broke the window.

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LUCAS OLENIUK - An anarchist group travelling north on Yonge Street smashed windows.

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RICHARD LAUTENS - A window of Winners on College street gets smashed by a woman.Tens of thousands came out to protest the G20 meetings this afternoon.  They marshalled at Queen's Park and marched through the streets.  Originally very peacefull, the protest turned ugly with smashed windows and the police public order unit finally coming in to quell the crowd at the intersection of College and University.

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RICAHRD LAUTENS -  A chair get thrown through the window of  Tim Hortons near the corner of Yonge and College.

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RICHARD LAUTENS - Police fire into the crowd on University at College.

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LUCAS OLENIUK - The riot ended at Queens Park but there were little outbreaks across the downtown.

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RICHARD LAUTENS - A man tries to talk to one of the officers in the line at college and University.

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CARLOS OSORIO - Protesters clash with police at Queen's Park during the G20 protests.

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STEVE RUSSELL - A woman is overcome by emotion on Yonge Street after violence broke out in protests for  G20 Summit.

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STEVE RUSSELL - Police arrest a pair of protesters on College Street near Queen's Park.

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STEVE RUSSELL - A protester breaks up a police car at Queen Street West near Spadina, two damaged police cars were left on the street during a protest of  G20 Summit.

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STEVE RUSSELL - A protester is overcome by smoke after attempting to put out a fire in a police car at Queen Street West near Spadina.

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STEVE RUSSELL - The first of two cruisers burns on Queen Street West near Spadina, two damaged police cars were left on the street.

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CARLOS OSORIO - Demonstrators clash with police at College and University as the sun sets.     

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RICHARD LAUTENS - The police finally move in on protesters who refused to move, kicking some to get up just south of the Legislature.     

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STEVE RUSSELL - The window at the Starbucks at Queen and John is broken during a protest of  G20 Summit.        

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Great photos. Provoke emotions. Thanks.

In my opinion G20 is one of the most violent protest I ever seen in Toronto, Being a Toronto resident I was very appalled by how the police handled the situation and seemed to become a power struggle between them and the community.

How come the mcguinty government can impose martial law on the streets of Toronto when Our constitution says this can only be imposed in Canada during times of war. How come (according to Our constitution) the police and their superiors, politicians included, can commit human rights violations and when it goes to court it's reported as misconduct ?

Many of the so-called "anarchists" are agents provocateur, meaning that they are planted by the authorities to infiltrate the march and cause it to devolve into violence. The first "anarchist" to throw a rock or break a window is most certainly a provocateur. The rest that join in are stupid young idiots that don't know shit about shit and probably never will. People who love progress should shun such protesters.

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