‘I will not forget what they have done to me’ 20 people arrested at the G20 tell of ‘inhumane’ treatment at the hands of police
By Thana Dharmarajah
GUELPH — Members of a Guelph-based anti-poverty group intend to bring down a section of the four-kilometre G20 security fence that encompasses an area of Toronto’s downtown where world leaders will meet June 26-27.
“People have to make sacrifices,” said Julian Ichim, one of the organizers of Sense of Security, adding that the fence is a symbol of militarization. “. . . We have to get ready to be beaten, brutalized . . . whatever else they will do to us.”
Peacenik wonders if Julian will even get in sight of the fence.
UPDATE: According to information in the Guelph Mercury, Julian never got to tear down the fence. His mother says he was arrested. Peacenik
Police dealing with G20 demonstrators can use high volume “sound cannons” for crowd control, but with restrictions, a Superior Court judge ruled this morning.
Justice D.M. Brown ruled Toronto police can only use the noise blasters at their lower decibel range. Ontario Provincial Police still have the discretion to use the cannons at both the lower and highest decibel settings, the judge said, because their guidelines for use are more cautious. That means the OPP can’t come right up to someone and blast them.
“Common sense dictates that police forces have to be prepared to cope with possibility of demonstrations turning unlawful,” Brown ruled on Thursday. “The police must attempt to protect those peaceful protesters who want no part of any unlawfulness, and they must be able to control any unlawful rump that remains.”
Peacenik thinks this is a small victory for the people. A very small victory.
New regulations give police right to search anyone near security fence Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/06/25/g20-new-powers.html#ixzz0rrtJwa
TORONTO - Police forces in charge of security for the G20 in Toronto have been granted special powers for the duration of the summit.The new powers took effect Monday and apply only along the border of the G20 security fence that encircles a portion of the downtown core. This so-called red zone includes the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where delegates will meet.
The new powers are designed specifically for the G20, CBC's Colin Butler reported Friday.
Ontario's cabinet quietly passed the new rules on June 2 without legislature debate.
Peacenik thinks this is wrong. No public debate. Is this how fragile our civil liberties are?
With neither legislation nor precedent to limit their powers, the rights of Canadians come off second best
Peacenik thinks it is curious that the G20 leaders have to be protected from their own citizens. But of course the G20 leaders aren't doing anything at G20 that will help their citizens. The G20 leaders are just pledging more globalization. More trickle down econonics. More market driven economies. More transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich. Yes the G20 leaders need to be protected. But why are unionized policemen and women so keen to do the leaders bidding? Policemen and women are regular folks, with kids and mortgages and too much consumer debt. They drink beer and cheer for the Leafs. But this week, Peacenik fears Peacenik will be ashamed of the police. But Peacenik hopes Peacenik is not.
By James Travers
Living large on the world stage isn’t easy or cheap. It takes rock-ribbed determination and a certain lack of due diligence to spend nearly a $1 million every minute, or more than $1 billion in total, hosting a three-day world leader whoop-de-do.
To understand the challenge of plowing through that much money that fast, consider the sheer magnitude of a billion. If you were lucky enough to have $1 billion in $1,000 bills, stacking them would require 10,000 piles of 100 each. Or think of it as some industrious internet mathematicians have: A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
However it’s measured, a billion of anything is a lot. Yet a ruling Conservative party that unduly flatters its own fiscal prudence is somehow spending that much on security alone for the twin Huntsville and Toronto G8 and G20 summits.
They should chill out, says bemused resident
A LAV 3 (Light Armoured Vehicle) is set up near Hidden Valley Road near the G8 Summit site in Huntsville.RICHARD J. BRENNAN/TORONTO STAR
Richard J. Brennan
HUNTSVILLE—Sipping on a cold beer, Steve Groomes looks at the reinforced steel mesh wall in front of his place on Highway 60 outside Huntsville and lets out a chuckle.
“I call this part, prison valley,” said the 43-year-old contractor, who minutes earlier had been mowing the lawn, a simple chore that seemed somehow out of place.
His home and that of his father's next door are behind the security perimeter that is meant to keep intruders away from nearby Deerhurst Lodge, where the long-awaited G8 is being held, starting Thursday evening, a kind of a warm-up act for the G20 in Toronto on Saturday.
Group occupies Esso gas station for 10 minutes
The group Sense of Sensibilty marches down Sherbourne St. on June 21, 2010, in protest of the G20.DAVID COOPER/TORONTO STAR
They were the first out of the gate, the first to occupy an Esso, and the first to disperse. Welcome to protesting G20-style.
About 100 protesters briefly occupied an Esso gas station and convenience store at Dundas and Church Sts. Monday afternoon in the first major protest of the G20 summit.
Some came with bandanas covering their faces. Others carried signs that read “Fake lake or human rights.” Most had a legal aid phone number scribbled across their forearms in case of arrest.
The main organizers, members of a Guelph-based anti-poverty group called Sense of Security, had vowed to “take a piece of property” in Toronto’s downtown core in an attempt to bring attention to lack of housing for the poor.
Traffic into Toronto via the 427 and Gardiner has been extremely light on Monday and Tuesday. Guess everyone except these fine folks from Guelph are staying away. Police presence in the security zone is extremely heavy. But North of King St. everything is "normal". BTW, Queen's Park, the official protest site for G20 shows very little activity at this point. Peacenik
Construction of the traffic fence in downtown Toronto is finished, allowing officers to close the area to motorists at “a moment’s notice” if there is a security risk, police say.
Workers finished assembling the outer barrier surrounding the G20 summit zone on Monday morning.
“The fence is at a stage where … if we have any reason to believe there’s a security risk and we need to secure and close down that area completely, we have the ability to do that now,” said Constable Wendy Drummond, a spokeswoman for the Integrated Security Unit that is handling G20 security.
Const. Drummond said an emergency closure could happen on “a moment’s notice”. Fencing for the traffic diversion zone extends from Spadina Avenue in the west to Yonge Street in the east, and from King Street West south to Lake Shore Boulevard.