Category Archive for 'Human Rights'

Updates on G20 Protests from Twitter; Great Video and Photo Evidence

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Okay, I think my retweeting finger has just about fallen off. I’ve barely gotten any sleep this weekend, but what has been happening – the trampling on civil liberties and human rights – is an important issue and needs to be addressed. For me, foregoing a little bit of sleep is nothing compared to what those who have been arrested have gone through.

Following are some of my retweets. My apologies, the tweets are again in reverse chronological order – I’m trying to get as much information out to my readers as possible and need to save the time it takes to reorder all the tweets. Many of the tweets below link to some great photo and video evidence of what went on this weekend (just copy and paste the urls provided into your browser):

RT @torontoist: Torontoist’s video of the Queen & Spadina cop charge after “O Canada” will be online later on Monday. (Tech. problems.) #G20
7 minutes ago via web
RT @Spacing: 11:58 p.m. Police have opened all gates @ Bremner & Simcoe. No police officers @ any checkpoint. All roads open to cars & pedestrians #G20
7 minutes ago via web
RT @TorontoPolice: the #G20 Summit #Toronto perimeter fence has been opened http://fb.me/uVfDQTWf
8 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: Another video from Queen and Spadina of the assembled crowd before the police charge: http://bit.ly/9iGVrA . Video shot by @UnionSt #g20
8 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: The full version of that video of cops charging protesters who’d just sung “O Canada”: http://bit.ly/bZev8q #G20
8 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: TPS Staff Sgt Jeff McGuire: arrests at Q&S b/c heard Black Bloc and “people who chose not to disassociate themselves” from them in crowd.
11 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: #G20 RT @jonasnaimark: these are the so called thugs they trapped in today (fullsize image) http://bit.ly/czmHr8 (via @goldsbie)
13 minutes ago via web
RT @globetoronto: Extra police to stay in Toronto at least another day: ISU, business owners to decide Monday when to ease security http://bit.ly/bXeOt8
15 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: At Queen & Spadina, TTC buses currently being used to haul away #G20 arrestees, reports @SteveKupf
16 minutes ago via web
RT @tamera: The YouTube video of peaceful ppl singing OhCanada & being charged by riot police is now flagged as inappropriate. #G20 http://bit.ly/atQoAg
16 minutes ago via web
RT @nationalpost: G20: Post photographers spend night in detention centre http://natpo.st/asRTmT
17 minutes ago via web

Following are some tweets from rabbleca that I didn’t retweet (retweeting finger was tired and I was retweeting almost everything anyway by now):

Photo blog: Toronto police arrest and release G20 protesters http://bit.ly/bUxNe4
about 2 hours ago via twitterfeed
Guardian UK also suspects police tactic of the “agent provocateur” at the #G20 http://bit.ly/ce3v2m /v @RickTelfer @angelaregnier
about 3 hours ago via UberTwitter
Editorial @TorontoStar: Call inquiry on #G20 mayhem http://bit.ly/aDt5Cv Historic Cdn mass arrests deserve investigation /v @kmarciniec
about 3 hours ago via UberTwitter
John Hilary: @andrewbrett: @guardiannews calls bullshit on @torontopolice and the #G20 http://bit.ly/ce3v2m #g20report
about 3 hours ago via UberTwitter
RT @vitty10: Huge props to @ebertchicago for being one of the only Americans who paid attention to the #G20 Toronto fiasco this weekend.
about 4 hours ago via UberTwitter
Jail Solidarity Rally Denouncing Police Violence 5:30 pm Monday June 28th, TO Police HQ
about 4 hours ago via Seesmic
RT @UnionSt: Video from detention at Queen + Spadina: elderly couple at 0:13; sunday shoppers 0:17; guy coming home from gym 0:31: http://bit.ly/aSL4v1
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @NoLore: Just got word of another friend arrested. I don’t think she’s ever looked anyone the wrong way. #g20
about 5 hours ago via web
The defining video of this wknd: protestors sing O Canada before being charged by riot police http://bit.ly/dnaEew #g20
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @jessehirsh: Lots of tales of stolen or lost ID, including a young american who’s passport was lost by police. #g20
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @adammacisaac: @AntoniaZ Hoping that there is a lot of media around police attacking media ppl today. Was illegally detained for 7h, stole video equipment.
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @ppreville: The only thing missing from the coverage was a couple #bustyhookers
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @jessehirsh: Back at eastern Ave detention centre. Tragic tales being shared. No detainees emerging. Hundreds still inside. #g20
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @redman0380: FB: Ben Out of jail. Exhausted, but dozens of comrades still inside, many hundreds picked up today – really a prison amp. Cheese sand…
about 5 hours ago via web
Wow! RT @ericsquair NYT gets #g20 right: “After allowing small group of people to burn police cars and smash windows” http://nyti.ms/bAnW5s
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @TorontoStar: Live: 1st person arrested under G20 law jailed again; plans lawsuit http://bit.ly/cJPmaY
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @ChristianPena: Just got home after being detained and processed by police at Queen and Spadina peaceful protest.
about 5 hours ago via web
Rick: many more released tonight @mediaINDIGENA: #Aboriginal Photojournalist May Be Among Detainees at #G20 http://indgn.us/bZoJFV
about 5 hours ago via Seesmic
RT @krystalline_k: I lost all of today’s footage; presumably the cops made a copy and then broke my card. I should ask them to burn me a copy of my own photos!
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @davescrivener: Cop admitted to me that he was getting most of his updates from Twitter on what was happening (creepy… or a lie…?)
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @buhfy: To this wknd’s #G20 journos: well done & wonderful work produced by all. It almost felt like we were all working for the same team. (Almost)
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @NoLore: This is what getting wacked by a cop’s baton 5 times looks like once bruising starts. #g20 http://twitpic.com/20m4dj
about 5 hours ago via web
Sasha: Dating impossible men, planning a foursome and finding an orgasm http://bit.ly/9pPfHL
about 5 hours ago via twitterfeed
Retweeting @mediacoop: Police wait until the end of O Canada to charge the crowd. http://bit.ly/9RR2Hr #g20 #g20report
about 5 hours ago via Seesmic
RT @sarahbarmak: One young woman just released from detention says she had to beg for water. Another says he asked for water for 8 hours before getting any
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @lisanjutras: Update: I was arrested and cuffed, held on bus for abt 20 minutes and then given an unconditional release. More later.
about 5 hours ago via web
Just got word that Indigenous organizers – and rabble blogger, Ben Powless has been released. #g20
about 5 hours ago via Seesmic
RT @michaelshapcott: Guilt by association? TO police rep sez hundreds were corralled because they didn’t ‘disassociate’ from alleged masked, armed people… #G20
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @spaikin: just heard from valerie zawilski, UWO prof, who just got out of jail. was arrested for breach of peace at last night’s demo. gimme a break
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @shaminis: One of the guys we gave a ride to told us a TTC employee in full uniform was detained with them! #overkill #g20
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 A man with a small dog at Richmond-Spa dina asks cops if it’s safe…cops snicker, girl in courts van yells.
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @spaikin: new blogposts on an unprecedented weekend in Toronto. Read them here: http://bit.ly/d5tgMK
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @jessehirsh: Just picked up two kids from the suburbs who were released from detention centre with @emilypdhlweary #g20
about 5 hours ago via web
RT @krystalline_k: I’m angry, but I’m also f* tired. At least they didn’t take my cane away from me but had to lay down flat on my back rain hitting my face
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @billdinTO: CP24 commentator Stephen LeDrew, a lawyer, says the way the protesters were handled at Queen/Spadina “wasn’t Canadian.” #g20
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @kristynwongtam: Now it’s time to release people from the detention centre. You have their ID, addresses. If no charges then release them now. #G20
about 6 hours ago via web
@krystalline_k Hope you’re okay now! STELLAR job on reporting from the streets all weekend!
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @krystalline_k: was detained, cops blanked my camera and phone. Wet, tired, shaken.
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @tamera: Sorry, not buying it. #G20 @torontopolice
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @matttbastard: Ok. Anyone on the ground at Queen & Spadina see protesters don masks similar to the Black Block, as just claimed by Staff Sgt McGuire? #g20
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @g20updates: Police news conference on Queen/Spadina corral: Some unspecified weapons were found along the route. #g20
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @AmnestyNow: Amnesty International calls for independent review of security measures put in place for #G8 & #G20 http://ht.ly/23QSP
about 6 hours ago via web
Police presser is bullshit. HUNDREDS of officers were looking for black block at Queen/Degrassi. Why arrest those at Spadina/Queen?
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @durabilite: Am outside police station, want to be witness to press conference but would need media pass to get in. http://tweetphoto.com/29588307
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Am walking on Queen at Spadina. Protest really over.
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @ivortossell: Most I have seen are exhausted and hungry, but haven’t witnessed much physical injury. Ppl still emerge to welcoming hoots.
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @HugoatWSR: RT @jianghomeshi: Our #G20 special Media Panel: Judy Rebick, John Cruickshank & John Tory. Tweet thoughts on coverage or emails to Q@CBC.CA
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @UnionSt: I *supported* TPS; was Blair fan. Had ID out w me + passport to comply. RT @Millionvacation: @UnionSt Don’t do crime if u can’t do the time
about 6 hours ago via web
The G20 Toronto Summit Declaration http://bit.ly/b4LknE
about 6 hours ago via twitterfeed
RT @nowtoronto: Two regular kids I’m talking to shivering like crazy calling their moms and looking for arrested friends. #g20. Brutal.
about 6 hours ago via web
@IndiraBalki Have heard from @marygkosta that Harsha Walia has not been arrested. Her original tweet was wrong.
about 6 hours ago via web in reply to IndiraBalki
Retweeting @marygkosta: @rabbleca Sorry, was misinformed by activist in Vancouver. Harsha Walia has NOT been arrested.
about 6 hours ago via Seesmic
RT @UnionSt: Was w ppl who had done nothing wrong. Elderly couple w shopping bags, 3 German women getting hot dogs, dude coming back frm baseball game.
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Spadina and Queen clear. Drama still on. Arrested girl in court van screams to pee.
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @mamadee2010: Cars needed at jail to give drives to people being let outta jail #g20report
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: Torontoist has video from the ground of police rushing protesters at the end of “Oh Canada!” Posting soon. #G20
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @ivortossell: People are referring to ‘Novotel’ like it was a famous incident. Which I suppose it will be.
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @MDCLegalUpdates: Queen W & Spadina situation appears has ended with an arbitrary arrest of a busload of people, others apparently released #g20report
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @matttbastard: Detained bystander to @CP24: initial protesters peaceful, cops never gave reason why bystanders @ scene held for 3 hrs in pouring rain #g20
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @g20updates: Woman interviewed on CP24 says there were children as young as 12 and 14, pets held in Queen/Spadina police corral in rain for hours. #g20
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @tamaracherry: “People were shaking. People were sick. There was absolutely no violence,” woman tells @cp24 at queen-spadina.
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @DBast: #G20 police just let the protesters/bystanders go from Queen & Spadina. People are cheering
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @g20updates: CP24 reports people detained in Queen/Spadina corral since 5:30 p.m. were told they were under arrest for disturbing the peace. #g20
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @Ella_Henry: Hearing an eyewitness account of a diabetic passing out from lack of food in the detention centre #g20
about 6 hours ago via web
RT @ivortossell: Some detainees were passed through three different cells, starting with overflow cells in the garage, as cop cars and and paddy wagons passed.
about 6 hours ago via web
@glassbeadcol Source on that?
about 7 hours ago via web in reply to glassbeadcol
RT @marygkosta: @rabbleca Sorry got fail whale so delay. Laurie Rogers just told me someone posted Harsha Walia not arrested.
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @MDCLegalUpdates: evolving situation at Queen W & Spadina. risky but if you can grab a camera & a friend, please consider going to monitor #g20report
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @marygkosta: @rabbleca Harsha Walia of No One Is Illegal, Vancouver was violently arrested w/out being given a reason & is in custody. #g20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @g20updates: People stuck in police corral in the rain for hours at Queen/Spadina now starting to be loaded onto chartered #TTC buses #g20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @TorontoStar: Police are loading detained protesters on to TTC buses at Queen/Spadina. #g20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @Kim1811: Home now. Utterly soaked. Utterly dismayed, bordering on devasted at the state of civilian rights in Toronto. #fb #g20
about 7 hours ago via web
@marygkosta Last we heard, he was still in detention:(
about 7 hours ago via web in reply to marygkosta
RT @TorontoStarNews: Police storm rally at Eastern Ave. detention centre: At least two people were arrested as a rally outside a makesh… http://bit.ly/bGLevc
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @marygazze: as police let journalists out of #G20 potest, they said we’d be arrested if we turned around to shoot footage and didn’t leave immediately
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Traffic’s back up on Richmond and King.
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @mikeminer: The common refrain from people detained at Queen and Spadina “We weren’t protesting, we were just checking out the scene. #g20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Cops change shift? One marching north to Queen, other south from Queen.
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @jessehirsh: I admit it. I’ve broken down and cried a number of times this weekend. Breaks my heart to watch police abuse and assault innocent civilians.
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @mikeminer: CP24 reporting 200 detained at Queen/Bathurst. Talking to detainee on phone “I just want to get arrested so I can go. I’m wet and cold” #g20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @mediacoop: Yet another Media Co-op member arrested. This is so grim. #g20report #g20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @NoLore: Queen and peter before I was threatened with arrest. #g20 http://twitpic.com/20l9r5
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: RT @smithjoanna: Media at Westin for newser with PM and Indian PM Singh not allowed to leave; @TorontoStar office across the street! #G20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @lorene1voice: Social media is making it harder 4 repressive gov’ts to block info. Ppl..sharing info, images & sounds of what’s really happening in..world.
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @DBast: Seems like the police at the #G20 are having separation issues with protesters. They just can’t let go (Queen & Spadina)
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Cop ask bystanders why they are taking photos? Because we want to, is the retort.
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @matttbastard: OPP official now speaking to @CP24 re: ongoing detention at Queen & Spadina #g20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @HiMYSYeD: What Queen & Spadina looks like from Sullivan. #g20 #g20report #voteTO http://twitpic.com/20l7f5
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @NoLore: 3 more buses have just shown up. Coaches to pick more ppl up. Riot cops in every other seat. #g20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @kathodgson: For those worried about @UnionSt: He’s still at Queen & Spadina, in good spirits “but its possible he will get arrested” via @acorntati
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @KateMilberry: Citizen on the radio is saying that he is “being detained without being detained”. Welcome to #preemptingdissent. #g20 #g20report
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @jenhassum: Dozen protesters on Queen, westside in front of Camron house. They said some folks are being released on the sides. #G20
about 8 hours ago via web
Amnesty International wants G8-G20 security reviewed http://bit.ly/a2l8xL
about 8 hours ago via twitterfeed
RT @mikeminer: At Queen and Spadina there is a line up of police and detainees in plastic handcuffs on one side of the road, other side all cops #g20
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @NoLore: Was just threatened with arrest for breach of the police for standing with 5 ppl at queen and peter. #g20
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Dozens and dozens still on standoff at Spadina and Queen. Dozens being arrested, taken away.
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @michalhay: According to #cp24 protesters being herded to west side of queen street into one big group #G20 #g20report
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Will arrested protesters get dry clothes in detention? Cold, clammy and in detention…
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @craigkielburger: Vans cont to come and go from #G20 detention ctr. Unclear if ppl detained at Queen & Spadina will be brought here.
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Protested get into court vans, chant: “whose streets? Our streets”.
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @jenhassum: Just biked through Richmond and Spadina. Its where people are cattled into court vans. #G20
about 8 hours ago via web
Thanks for the concern. It’s @yeeguan here and I’ve been home two hours. Kim, you ok? RT @cmcglade: @rabbleca or @kim1811
about 8 hours ago via TweetDeck
RT @matttbastard: Caller corralled in Queen & Spadina #G20 police mobilization tells @CP24 trapped people volunteering to be arrested, just want to go home
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @Kim1811: Another bus load of civilians or cops shipped out of police zone. 2 ambulances have left filled with cops. #G20
about 8 hours ago via web
Guy getting interviewed on CTV: “It’s freezing… (people) are lining up to get arrested.” at Queen/Spadina @yeeguan #G20
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @HiMYSYeD: Queen & McCaul #toronto retaken by cops FORCING ppl who are only trying to stay dry #g20 #g20report http://twitpic.com/20ksya
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @mcgilldaily: One of our reporters w/ #g20 credentials was assaulted by police outside the closed off queen and spadina ring. Details coming. #g20report
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @MDCLegalUpdates: hearing reports of severe overcrowding, repeated strip searches & denial of water & food at the Eastern Ave. detention centre #g20report
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 I ask a cop what happens to guns in rain. They are Austrian-made, can stand being under water, am told.
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @RosieBarton: Porter flights grounded.
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @HiMYSYeD: Queen & John St. Intersection retaken. #g20 #g20report #toronto http://twitpic.com/20kquj
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @ivortossell: Trapped under a tarp on eastern w. Novotel detainees from last night. Some released into storm barefoot
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @IndiraBalki: CBC’s #CrossCountryCheckUp all the callers support the marchers, mad about the cost, basically all critical of the gov’t #g20 #canadiansknow
about 9 hours ago via web
RT @NoLore: Line of cops walking down spad with media, escorting them away from the protest. About 15 with visible media credentials #g20
about 9 hours ago via web
RT @kady: The Court Services van gets hearty boos as it passes. #cbcg20
about 9 hours ago via web
Long line of media appear to have been escorted out of queen/spadina. Doesn’t bode well. #g20
about 9 hours ago via UberTwitter
@lindathu_nguyen I got home 90 mins ago, but not before being stopped and searched by the fuzzy. be safe! =) (it’s @yeeguan)
about 9 hours ago via web in reply to lindathu_nguyen
G8/G20 Communiqué: Report back from Saturday June 26, 2010 http://bit.ly/arSckp
about 9 hours ago via twitterfeed
Photos: G20 Bike Block Action http://bit.ly/cV9Al5

Back to my retweets. “Rain is coming down in buckets…” was a retweet from rabbleca and was just before rabbleca’s “Photos: G20 Bike Block Action…”

RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Rain is coming down in buckets, will it defuse the tension at Spadina and Queen?
20 minutes ago via web
RT @druojajay: Raining hard. There are going to be some cold and wet people in the detention centre without food for 12+ hrs. Solidarity #g20 #g20report
20 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: They’re arresting journos. Not sure if I am worried or reassured that it’s not just little people getting fucked. #g20 @yeeguan
21 minutes ago via web
RT @Joeys4b: #G20 4 CTV employees are being held for arrest at Queen and Spadina according to CP24
21 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @QUOImedia: RT @impolitical: Account by @spaikin re Guardian reporter Jesse Rosenfeld made NYTimes today, btw http://ow.ly/23UyA #g20
21 minutes ago via web
RT @davescrivener: At Richmond and Spadina, so many buses waiting for protestors and their ride to the East End. This shit is fucked up. Mass arrests.
22 minutes ago via web
RT @HiMYSYeD: Shit. The reporters have been told to put on gas masks. And they are donning them. They are only ‘wanna-be’ protesters left mostly. #/20
22 minutes ago via web
RT @katecallen: Police line pushing crowd east on queen, away from spadina protest
23 minutes ago via web
RT @billdinTO: CTV’s LaFlamme said the plastic cuffs have been removed from her cameraman. “He is not going to spend the night in a detention facil.” #g20
23 minutes ago via web
RT @buhfy: Am getting called back to the office just as more cops arrive at Queen/Spadina and rain starts pouring hard. Both relieved & regretful #g20
23 minutes ago via web
RT @lindathu_nguyen: Its starting to pour, police advance on queen, pushing ppl east. Chanting this is what a police state looks like http://twitpic.com/20kfjt
23 minutes ago via web
RT @katecallen: Southbound police line blocking Peter on queen just put in their gas masks too. Really unclear what’s happening
23 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Lisa Laflamme of CTV says no warning was given, and they’re arresting everyone at Queen/Spadina. @yeeguan #G20
24 minutes ago via web
RT @kady: The clouds are darkening, btw. It’s drizzling, but feels like it could get thundery soon. No idea what effect that will have. #cbcg20
24 minutes ago via web
RT @NoLore: Bike cops going down alley and #busfullof cops just let out at adelaide and Spad. #g20
24 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Major police reinforcements coming in on foot and on bike toward Queen and Spadina from Adelaide as rain torrents down. #g20
24 minutes ago via web
RT @katecallen: Everyone just really on edge, cops and crowd. Seems like 3 days of this really wearing on people.
24 minutes ago via web
RT @katecallen: Hearing of arrests from inside the protest but can’t get there myself. Cops wearing gas masks, some on horses too
24 minutes ago via web
RT @UnionSt: One by one being taken away. Again: we were given no warning to disperse. #G20
24 minutes ago via web
RT @nealjennings: they’re cordoning off Queen from Spadina to Soho. only way to go is North #g20
24 minutes ago via web
RT @HiMYSYeD: People fuses are extremely short now. Arresting people like this..may be imprudent. #g20 #G20report http://twitpic.com/20kcps
24 minutes ago via web
RT @Spacing: Video footage of protesters singing Oh Canada and on cue police charge crowd. http://bit.ly/9RR2Hr
26 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: Crowds now dispersing at Q&S because of the rain. No word on the number detained yet. #g20
26 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: Plainclothes officers are detaining, and in some cases tackling, some of those assembled at Q&S says Ryan Walker. http://bit.ly/ciz1Jo #g20
26 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Very tense situation at Queen and Spadina. Streets blocked for several blocks east and west. Rumour is they will use the sound cannon #g20
27 minutes ago via web
RT @billdinTO: Dube said she’s lost count of arrests, but has seen no violence at this point at Queen/Spadina #g20
27 minutes ago via web
RT @CP24: Police arrest several people at a G20 protest at Queen and Spadina, including members of the media.
27 minutes ago via web
RT @snotforprofit: CTV Michelle Dube: “A lot of these people aren’t protesters, they were walking on Spadina.” #G20 “Haven’t seen any violence. Many arrests.”
27 minutes ago via web
RT @CJSFNews: Anyone with a camera, cellphone, recording device, willing to witness, get out to Queen & Spadina in Toronto RIGHT NOW!
27 minutes ago via web
RT @katecallen: Crowd singing oh Canada at riot line and they suddenly charged, everyone running back and bikes falling evrywhere
28 minutes ago via web
RT @baurenlug: Police just fired rubber bullets at us at Queen and Spadina #g20
28 minutes ago via web
RT @UnionSt: They grab two of us. One and one and they could have all of us in 30mins. No smiles. Seriously scared. All of us are.
28 minutes ago via web
RT @billdinTO: CTV Toronto’s Michelle Dube says CTV cameraman just arrested at Spadina/Queen #g20 hotspot.
28 minutes ago via web
RT @kady: At Queen and Cameron. One barricade here, another a block down. #cbcg20 http://twitpic.com/20k9tv
28 minutes ago via web
RT @HiMYSYeD: Mild panic as a dozen riot cops stop two guys with knapsacks beside me. #g20 #g20report. I’m in middle of Queen St now.
28 minutes ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: bike cops, tactical vans and police have left parkdale, they are headed to spadina #g20report
28 minutes ago via web
RT @StuJT: CTV national cameraman was just taken by police at Queen and Spadina.
29 minutes ago via web
RT @matttbastard: A repeat of what @spaikin witnessed last night @ #G20 protests is being documented today by @UnionSt. The whole world is watching, @pmharper
29 minutes ago via web
RT @julespenner: CTV reporter at Queen and Spadina, just went black. That felt ominous. I have many friends penned in there right now. Scared.
29 minutes ago via web
RT @TorontoStar: Live Blog: Sunday June 27, 6:30p.m.: 6:30 p.m. Queen and Spadina Police warn tear gas, rubber bullets at ready… http://bit.ly/b8YDc6 #G20
29 minutes ago via web
RT @JohnNMack: This is not the queen and spadina I know. http://twitpic.com/20kbgx
30 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: .@mightygodking says Q&S is completely locked down, police on all sides. Media is being escorted out of the area. http://bit.ly/9dZcN4 #g20
31 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: Crowd broke out into Oh Canada at Queen and Spadina, police stormed as soon as song was done, people fleeing, says Ryan Walker. #g20
31 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: Queen&Spadina RT @UnionSt They grab 2 of us. 1 and 1 and they could have all of us in 30mins. No smiles. Seriously scared. All of us are.
31 minutes ago via web
RT @CityNews: Reports that tear gas and sound cannon will be used on peaceful protest at Queen & Spadina shortly. #G20
31 minutes ago via web
RT @HiMYSYeD: #TTC supervisors now manually reversing ALL streetcars at ONCE. Rain has started. This will be bad #G20 #Toronto
32 minutes ago via web
RT @CJSFNews: RT @pierrecote: Journalists told to leave queen/spadina. #g20
33 minutes ago via web
RT @mikeminer: police just hammered on shields and charged crowd. struck people with batons, some thrown to ground by flkeeing crowd #g20
33 minutes ago via web
RT @marygazze: Journos ordered to leave G20 protest. Police threaten tear gas. Say will arrest everyone. Ppl trying to leave but cant
33 minutes ago via web
RT @kady: Hearing more rumours of sound cannondom. No pics yet, tho. #cbcg20
33 minutes ago via web
RT @HiMYSYeD: Suddenly everyone is running towards us on Queen. #g20 #g20report #toronto http://twitpic.com/20k7bj
33 minutes ago via web
RT @nowtoronto: Police leaving Noble. Cheers from crowd. “they’re afraid of rain!” they cheer. Mass movement to Queen and Spadina.
34 minutes ago via web
RT @UnionSt: Behind me ppl are crying and terrified. #G20 http://twitpic.com/20k5x8
34 minutes ago via web
RT @NoLore: 4 dudes with a “Support our police” banner just tried to casually walk thru the police line. They were stopped and refused access. #g20
34 minutes ago via web
RT @jessehirsh: Letting scared citizens use my phone to call loved ones. Tense on queen west.
34 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: Police/ISU are now saying that 550 people have been arrested.
36 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: @yeeguan was searched one block from home. Got water thrown out and lectured for having a black towel. Point taken. Not really. #g20
37 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Riot cops at TFS detention centre standing down to strains of Death Star theme courtesy of the throng. @yeeguan #G20
37 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Four people released from TFS detention centre. Chants of “500″ more! @yeeguan #g20
37 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: TFS detention centre cop: please move off Eastern Avenue. Response? “Billion dollars, where’s your megaphone” chant. @yeeguan #G20
37 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @yeeguan: No one is budging from TFS detention centre. Chants getting louder. @yeeguan #G20 http://myloc.me/8vK4X http://myloc.me/8vK90
37 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: TFS detention centre cop has pleaded with people to leave. Response: “This is what democracy looks like” chant. #G20 @yeeguan
38 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: TFS detention centre cop gave second five-minute warning or arrests will be made @yeeguan #G20 http://myloc.me/8vIYX
39 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Police action all over the city right now it seems. Cops moving in at Queen street and Bay, closing down King and Bay @krystalline_k
40 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: TFS detention centre cop: we leave in five mins or arrests will be made. #G20 @yeeguan http://myloc.me/8vIIU
40 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: premier mcguinty’s new law against assembly in certain places has caught the son of one of his candidates kate holloway #G20 /v RT @spaikin
42 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Amnesty Intl calling for independent investigation into the special police powers and what’s been going on in TO for #g20 /v @Lucers
42 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: TFS impasse has broken. Kinda. Cyclists moved back and cops have released three people. “Number Four” chants. #G20
42 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: What big media ignored: 25,000 peacefully demonstrate against G20 policies in Toronto: video http://bit.ly/c5QPXT #g8 #g20 #g20report
42 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: People waiting for detainees to be released sing songs. They’ve moved to the line (as requested). #G20 TFS detention centre
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: http://twitpic.com/20j4qa Riot cops moving in; cyclists backed onto Pape. #G20 TFS detention centre
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @balkissoon: Bike ride ends, unsurprisingly, at detention centre. Everyone sitting with bikes. Chanting (cont) http://tl.gd/25vhni
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: We’ve been told if we move off Eastern onto Pape they will release more people. @yeeguan #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: http://twitpic.com/20izzy He said we move north or west or face arrest. #G20 @yeeguan
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @g20updates: G20 ARREST UPDATE: Police say 562 arrests have been made, 224 since 6 a.m. today, said ISU spokeswoman Nena Snyder
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @torontoist: At Eastern Ave: RT @tkiladze: About 60 cops meet bike protestors. Calm so far, but police pushing them back now #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @JProskowGlobal: Police / Bike Protest facing off outside detention centre
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @torontoist: Canadian Civil Liberties Association denounces “sweeping arrests” of #G20 protesters: http://bit.ly/bh4Kpw
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @torontoist: Cyclists from today’s #G20 ride round Robarts at 1:30 p.m.: http://bit.ly/aaQpyb #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: 100s of cyclists just swooped up to TFS detention centre. This is what democracy looks like. @yeeguan #G20 http://twitpic.com/20iyfk
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Bike protest just shows up. Crowd quadrupled. Cops defensive. @yeeguan #G20 http://twitpic.com/20ix2u
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Latest freed detainees. #G20 @yeeguan http://tweetphoto.com/29530651
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: By my count that’s 12 released from the TFS detention centre. Only 537 more to go!! @yeeguan #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Huge “Let them go” chants. TFS detention centre. About eight released in last five mins. #G20 @yeeguan
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Steady stream of people being released from the TFS detention centre. @yeeguan #G20 http://twitpic.com/20iroy
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Four people just released. Five now. #G20 http://tweetphoto.com/29528202
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @torontoist: Prayer vigil goes along King, now stopped at Bay: http://bit.ly/b92emw #G20
about 2 hours ago via web
I’ve also been following Torontoist’s G20 Live blog. http://plurk.com/p/61ho8a
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Okay, and now to catch up on the tweets. Rabbleca has been pulling tweets from various sources even from mains… http://plurk.com/p/61ho1e
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shares http://bit.ly/95LaKu (G20 Protests and Human Rights; Amnesty International Canada Calls for an Independ… http://plurk.com/p/61hj1s
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G20 Protests and Human Rights; Amnesty International Canada Calls for an Independent Review into G20 Security… http://tumblr.com/x3icbev9t
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Amnesty.ca is calling for an independent review of the security measures put in place for G8/20 summits this week.
about 4 hours ago via web
For some reason the Amnesty.ca link didn’t come through from my Plurk. It’s http://www.amnesty.ca/blog_post2.php?id=1812.
about 4 hours ago via web
Okay, awake now and working on blog from this afternoon, and just generally catching up on the news for today. http://plurk.com/p/61fpaw
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I’m actually more tired today than I thought, but wanted to send out AI Canada’s link. Will try to be back lat… http://plurk.com/p/61cdv1
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… “should include opportunities for public input and the results should be released to the public.” http://plurk.com/p/61ccti
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… “an independent review of the security measures that were put in place for the G8 and G20 Summits” which … http://plurk.com/p/61ccpd
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That last link was to Amnesty International Canada’s blog. They are calling for… http://plurk.com/p/61cc7u
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RT @torontoist: At King and Church prayer vigil, “We’re actually WAITING for the cops to escort us” reports Emily Shepard. #g20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: The King & Church #g20 prayer vigil is pretty peaceful, but then again, it is a prayer vigil. http://bit.ly/csGgt4
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: At bike rally at Bloor and Spadina, bike cop with an iPhone takes a photo us taking a photo of him: http://bit.ly/akqDKU #G20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: Cops were blocking Critical Mass from riding, but are now letting them go ahead, says Suzannah Showler. #G20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: Cops w/Saskatoon badges arrive at Bloor and Spadina for bike parade, reports Suzannah Showler. Hi? #g20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @spaikin: jesse rosenfeld, the guardian reporter who was assaulted by a police officer last night, is still missing. have spoken with his father.
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @CP24: CTV producer arrested by police recalls: “I was just standing there and next thing you know I was on the floor.”
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: Next gathering today: bike parade starting from Bloor & Spadina. People gathering now. http://bit.ly/9FL3o3 #g20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: Eastern ave protest “broken up by police using batons & rubber bullets”; tasers drawn, not used, reports Emily Shepard. #G20
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: From the Star at Easterm Ave.: RT @hellohellomike: video from detention ctr http://bit.ly/anOQdX
about 7 hours ago via web
RT @nowtoronto: I can’t get into my own apartment on Pape ave. Driver’s license address not updated. Oops. Wasn’t expecting the cop wall. #g20
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: The scene outside the Eastern Avenue detention centre half an hour ago: http://bit.ly/clEGsw #G20
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Chalk writing at the Toronto Film Studios detention centre. @yeeguan #G20 http://tweetphoto.com/29524983
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Sorry. It was spelled “Leslie” @yeeguan #G20
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: #G20. Lesley just released from TFS. Says freezing cold inside. Shitty food. http://twitpic.com/20iguj
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: It is a fortress of riot police at UofT – and something big going on at Queens Park right now. Massive police presence heading there
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Man with megaphone at TFS detention centre leads two-person “shame” chant. Cop/media/activist ratio: 1:2:2. #G20 http://myloc.me/8vp6x
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @CP24: Raw video of police clash with protesters outside #G20 detention centre added to story, top-right corner http://bit.ly/avB9Zl
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @g20updates: Around 100 cyclists who dub themselves the Bike Bloc have gathered at Bloor and Spadina. Expected to start protest ride soon. #G20
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: RT @Kim1811 RT @spaikin: Guardian reporter Jesse Rosenfeld, assaulted by a police officer last night, is still missing. #g20 #g2report
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: CP24 reports most citizens who have been arrested have been caged, strip-searched and ”caught” in a system. #G20 /v@AntoniaZ
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @PialiRoy: CTV producer with media ID arrested and handcuffed last night (CP24) after qn w by police ‘Are you relaxed?’ “I am relaxed’. Arrest.
about 8 hours ago via web
RT @nowpresent: CPAC has live coverage at the holding centre #cdnpoli #G20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @krystalline_k: Police cordon off Eastern Ave detention centre to prevent vigil from getting too close
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @stephaniesmyth: CTV’s LIsa LaFlamme reports rubber bullets fired into the crowd at the G20 jail…
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @stephen_taylor: CTV producer @farzadf was released this morning. Says he’s “safe and sound” #G20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: CCLA observer on scene at Eastern Ave says it wasn’t tear gas that was deployed but a smoke bomb. http://bit.ly/cDoh0D #g20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: Star is reporting some protesting outside of Eastern Ave facility are being arrested, cops hit 2 with batons. http://bit.ly/bf2c6x #g20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: RT @postedtoronto: G20: Police arrest at least 70 at University of Toronto http://natpo.st/bTgkZC #G20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: .@Sioflynn CBC radio said no at noon update – said cloud wasn’t tear gas after all. Awaiting clarification.
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @Open_File: Our @joshokane says cops fired 2-3 rounds into crowd at #G20 detention centre, unclear whether tear gas, pepper spray or rubber bullets.
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: Tensions mounting at Eastern Ave detention centre. Conflicting reports about tear gas being deployed, or not. http://bit.ly/baMSJx #g20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: 680 news reporting that the riot cops are retreating by bus. #g20mobilize
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: The best photos from our photographers & readers of the #G20 in Toronto on Saturday http://bit.ly/asrWD0
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Guardian journalist Jesse Rosenfeld beaten and arrested by Toronto police at #G20 http://bit.ly/atKkC9
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: #G20 police let rioters run amok and then struck back hard at all activists http://bit.ly/axDV3j #g20report
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @julespenner: Is no one on the G20 police force trained in conflict resolution? Nobody trained in how to rachet *down* the tension?
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Solidarity rally being forced to disperse. Moving west on Queen under heavy riot police presence. #g20 v/ @CouncilofCDNs
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @balkissoon: Police officer R. Clayton says arrested 10-12 “Black Bloc” outside World’s Biggest Bookstore. “The ones that cause all the trouble.” #G20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @g20updates: There are reports that the protest at the detention centre has been dispersed. People leaving the area #G20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: solidarity demonstrators, walk DON’T RUN #g20report #policestate
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: Where’s the headline: Peaceful demonstrators arrested while anarchists smash windows and torch police cars? #G20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Toronto is burning! Or is it? http://bit.ly/amgHbI
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: @yeeguan Protesters being released!! #G20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: Photos of people being removed from the UofT campus by police: http://bit.ly/9oaz7s #g20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @CP24: OPP have sent 1,000 additional officers to Toronto #G20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: Officers’ moods are much worse today. Presenting press credentials (upon request) still gets you told no photos. http://bit.ly/aLesLm
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @krystalline_k: Apparently, there are only 20 activists at the Eastern Avenue Jail Solidarity event, seeking confirmation that it is still taking place
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @kady: Friendly gaggle of cops near IBC jst asked if I knew anything abt schedule for the pool buses to MTCC. Nice 2 feel slightly helpful! #cbcg20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @buhfy: Police trucks, tons of police on Edward St btwn Yonge and Bay. Guarding the World’s Biggest Bookstore with their life! #g20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Around 50 people arrested while sleeping at UofT; police claim they found bricks, etc, and articles of black clothing. #g20 @krystalline_k
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Porter: When police stick to phony script [the police and the Miami model] (thestar.com) http://goo.gl/7yzc #g20 #g20report /v @tomflem
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @Ella_Henry: Just talked to a police officer at the detention centre he told me “we can’t do that” when asked why they weren’t following the law #g20
about 12 hours ago via web
RT @spirodon: #prisoners solidarity rally for hundreds arrested in #Toronto during protests against the #G20 today 10h info @g20mobilize #g20report
about 12 hours ago via web

Additional updates can be seen at Torontoist’s “G20 Live”.

I’ve already made my opinions clear in my earlier blogs on what the main issues are. I’ll leave my readers to sort through these tweets and decide on their own whether to believe the police propaganda or not. (Police propaganda? Read this article from the Toronto Star about the “Miami Model” – Porter: When police stick to phony script.)

I would like to highlight rabble.ca’s article, “What big media ignored: 25,000 peacefully demonstrate against G20 policies in Toronto”. The video is embedded below. Watch it. These are the protesters that the police were arresting. All they were doing was marching and voicing their opinions – rights guaranteed under the Canadian Charter. (Like others have said, “If you don’t like these rights, go live in China or Burma.” Maybe you’ll be singing a different tune later.) Watching the video, you can see that it’s the same as other protest marches we’ve had – the only difference here? Simply that they wanted to protest at the G20.

Having watched that video, I would also like to highlight another video. I ask my readers to consider carefully this question – how did we get from what is shown in the video above (let’s call it video A) to the video just below (video B)?

Peaceful G20 protest at Queen & Spadina from Meghann Millard on Vimeo.

Is this freedom? Is this really want Canadians want? The people in the video B were also peaceful. They weren’t hurting anyone. They were singing “Oh, Canada!”, the national anthem, perhaps subconsciously thinking it would remind the cops that they are the people the cops are supposed to be protecting. (Thanks to Meghann Millard for sharing that video.)

Rabble.ca’s video (video A) above is a commentary on mainstream media, which I think is something people should really take into consideration. That being said, maybe mainstream media will start showing a different picture than the same cop car being burned, the same window being smashed, and get some real perspectives and interviews from… oh hey… what about the protesters? Lots of mainstream media types were also detained and/or arrested. Does CBC and CTV not stand up for their own reporters, photographers, and cameramen? They are risking their lives to get the sensational news their viewers all seem to want. I am heartened by the tweet from @IndiraBalki “CBC’s #CrossCountryCheckUp all the callers support the marchers, mad about the cost, basically all critical of the gov’t #g20 #canadiansknow”. Yes, thank you! About time. Get angry Canadians, you really should.

Amnesty International Canada (AI Canada) is calling for an independent review into the security measures used for the G20. Other people think a public inquiry would help. Amnesty International (Amnesty or AI) has done much to help in many countries facing much more severe human rights abuses than Canada has this week, so I would trust in an independent review. AI Canada was successful last year in getting the police to change their directives regarding the use of Tasers. I note that while the police may have been armed with Tasers, there does not appear to have been any Taser-related deaths (there were a total of 26 Taser-related deaths in Canada since April 2003). Why? Because the police are no longer allowed to use Tasers unless a person is physically hurting someone else, and also they are not allowed to aim Tasers directly at a person’s chest. This came about from Amnesty’s campaign a few years ago to stop the use of Tasers pending a proper review. An independent review needs to be done on the security measures used for the G20 this week as it is these security measures that are the heart of the problem – not the initial protests.

Additonally, because there are a lot of legal questions involving the passing of Ont. Reg. 233/10, the best way for all those arrested this week to get recourse for the actions of the police is to look into a Charter Challenge of their arrest. I reiterate that I think these arrests are illegal as I simply do not agree with the passing of Ont. Reg. 233/10. Because Canada has the Charter which gives us unalienable rights and fundamental freedoms (namely, the freedom of peaceful assembly), there is legal recourse to settle what’s happened this week. People, you should know your rights better. Get informed. Learn how to use the system currently in place to change what you don’t like.

Most importantly, keep talking, writing, blogging, tweeting – voice your concerns. This isn’t 50 years ago when no one will know. Already, there are stories from other countries covering what has happened this week. On that note, I’ll leave this New York Times article for my readers to read – “Police in Toronto Criticized for Treatment of Protesters, Many Peaceful”.

~~~C
Your local blogger

G20 Protests and Human Rights; Amnesty International Canada Calls for an Independent Review into G20 Security Measures

Monday, June 28th, 2010

This blogger was really tired today trying to keep up with all the news. Following are some news articles from this morning, highlights from them, and some updates relating to these stories:

“Two Post photographers arrested at G20 protest”

Brett Gundlock, a staff photographer for the Post, was tackled and taken away by several police officers in riot gear as they attempted to disperse protesters hanging around near the Ontario legislature.

Kier Gilmour, a photographer for Canwest News Service who witnessed the arrest, said the officers knocked Mr. Gundlock to the ground and then dragged him away. He had been standing with several other media photographers at the time.

“They slammed him down, onto his ass so to speak, then they dragged him back up and pulled him back to the police line,” Mr. Gilmour said.

Gilmour reported that the police were “being very aggressive in trying to disperse the remaining demonstrators near Queen’s Park” and that “The protesters were not doing anything violent or provocative at the time”"

“G20 police let rioters run amok and then struck back hard at all activists”

The police knew that they should focus their energies on the Black Bloc, especially so late on Saturday afternoon.

But when the rioters came smashing their way up the main street of Toronto, the police disappeared for half an hour.

It would appear that the security forces allowed this riot to happen in order to justify the $1 billion which appeared to have been wasted on security measures in Huntsville and Toronto.

They must not be allowed to discredit those of us who protested peacefully.

We must hold this government responsible for wasting $1 billion dollars on security measures, and then trying to justify it by allowing people to riot. [Cass' note: emphasis added]

“Guardian journalist Jesse Rosenfeld beaten and arrested by Toronto police at G20″

8 p.m. EST Sunday. Update: Jesse Rosenfeld has been released from custody, says family, and is doing well.

Many have been greatly concerned for journalist Jesse Rosenfeld. Since his assault was witnessed by Steve Paikin of the Agenda, a show on TVO, this story got a good amount of media attention. There was some concern that he may have been missing since he was beaten and no one had heard from him for a while. Early Sunday morning (around 1 or 2), rabble.ca tweeted asking how to get in touch with Paikin as journalist Jesse Rosenfeld was trying to get in touch with him. TVO responded that they made a call to Paikin. Paikin reported in the early afternoon on Sunday that they were still trying to get in touch with Rosenfeld. In the late afternoon, Paikin reported that they had found Rosenfeld. About an hour afterwards, Rosenfeld’s dad expressed his relief on hearing about his, but also concern over his son’s treatment. Below is a chronology of tweets:

rabbleca – Anyone know how to reach Steve Paikin @spaikin ? The reporter he saw assaulted is in jail, needs to reach him ASAP
rabbleca – Thanks tweeps. A producer from TVO got in touch, will make the connection.
AntoniaZ – RT @Kim1811 RT @spaikin: Guardian reporter Jesse Rosenfeld, assaulted by a police officer last night, is still missing. #g20 #g2report
spaikin – jesse rosenfeld, the guardian reporter who was assaulted by a police officer last night, is still missing. have spoken with his father.
spaikin – rosenfeld’s father says he went to the eastern av. holding tank last night but they had no info as to his son’s whereabouts.
spaikin – Jesse has only one kidney and is asthmatic. his dad fears for his health, particularly after the beating he took last night.
spaikin – just heard from julian falconer, civil rights lawyer. guardian reporter jesse rosenfeld has been found
spaikin – jesse rosenfeld’s dad: “We hear he is ok but upset that he has been treated the way he has”.

Torontoist reported on their G20 Live:

5:28 PM: An update regarding Jesse Rosenfeld, the reporter who had been filing stories for the Guardian and was detained last night: he is confirmed to be at the Eastern Avenue detention facility, and is expected to be released from there at about 11 p.m. tonight.
7:06 PM: Jesse Rosenfeld has just been released, a few hours earlier than anticipated.
9:34 PM: From OpenFile, a short interview with Jesse Rosenfeld, the Guardian freelancer who Steve Paikin says he saw assaulted by police officers last night. Rosenfeld was released earlier today.

In “AN INTERVIEW WITH DETAINED JOURNALIST JESSE ROSENFELD”, Christopher Watt reports:

Rosenfeld, a Canadian who usually reports from the Middle East, said he was on the phone with his girlfriend when he was arrested last night.

“They ripped my notebook from my hands,” he said, referring to police.

Rosenfeld also said he wasn’t allowed to make a phone call until 4 p.m. today.

“I was in handcuffs from the point when I was arrested from 10:30 at night to 5:30 in the morning,” he said.

Rosenfeld spent the night in a holding cell that contained no benches, measured five by eight feet and housed six people.

“We all had to sleep on the floor,” he said.

Rosenfeld also stated that detainees were denied proper medical attention.

“A lot of people were beaten,” he said. “I was beaten for absolutely no reason.”

Rosenfeld applied for official media accreditation through the Guardian and planned to write several G20 pieces for the British paper about the summit. He said he thinks police may have targeted him as a result of a comment piece he wrote for the Guardian that spoke of the “apparent systemic racism within both the Mounties [the Royal Canadian Mounted Police] and local police forces.”

He also noted that his request for media accreditation had been denied, which meant he was unable to cover the official summit.

“Now I have this story,” Rosenfeld said.

“G8/G20 Communiqué: Police conduct midnight raids on activists, up to 23 arrested”

Now, we are hearing from the Toronto Community Mobilization Network (TCMN) that 23 activists were arrested during the night – some in cars, some had their doors kicked in by the police in the middle of the night.
The TCMN reported at its press conference that between 15 to 23 (some people are “missing”) were arrested last night: 10-13 CLAC (Convergence Lutte Anti-Capitaliste) members; 2 (NOII) No One Is Illegal and 6-8 SOAR (Southern Ontario Anarchist Resistance).

“Toronto is burning! Or is it?”

People were shocked last night by a city out of control but the Toronto police — without all the huge expenditures, extra police from across the country and sophisticated new toys — have kept the peace in riots with a lot more people and in hundreds of demonstrations much larger and often angry. I disagree with torching police cars and breaking windows and I have been debating these tactics for decades with people who think they accomplish something. But the bigger question here is why the police let it happen and make no mistake the police did let it happen. Why did the police let the city get out of control? And they did let it get out of control. The police knew exactly what would happen and how.

….

But it is the police that let the handful of people using Black Bloc tactics run wild and then used the burning police cars and violent images as a media campaign to convince the people of Toronto that the cost and the excessive police presence was necessary. They knew what would happen and they knew how it would happen. It is the police that bear the responsibility for what happened last night. They were responsible for keeping the peace and they failed to do it.

Finally! Amnesty International Canada (AI Canada) has detailed the same concerns I have and they are asking for an independent review of the security measures put in place this week.

“Toronto and the G8/G20: Peaceful protest suffers amidst heavy security measures & acts of vandalism (Human Rights in Canada blog)”

Yet at a time when human rights need so very much to come to the fore, we have instead witnessed and experienced a curtailment of civil liberties. On the streets, protesters were faced with high fences, new weaponry, massive surveillance, and the intimidating impact of the overwhelming police presence. Combined with uncertainty and worry about unclear powers of arrest, this created an atmosphere in which countless individuals felt unable or too fearful to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and assembly and participate in rallies and other events which would have offered them an opportunity to express their views on a range of important national and international issues.

Lessons must be learned from these events. We call on the Canadian government and the government of the province of Ontario to cooperate in launching an independent review of the security measures that were put in place for the G8 and G20 Summits. The review should include opportunities for public input and the results should be released to the public. Among other issues, the review should consider:

• The impact of security measures, including decisions about the location and venues for the two summits, on the protection of human rights, including the freedoms of expression and assembly.

• The ways in which police operations and the use of legal provisions such as the Public Works Protection Act have impacted the rights of the many thousands of people living, working and operating businesses within and near the G20 security zone.

Lastly, for my readers here is a blog article from charmofthereal that provides more food for thought on the events of this week. Regarding the legality of what’s been happening, charmofthereal writes:

the passing of this law bypassed all democratic legislative procedure. this kind of secret legislation is directly contrary to the canadian “credo” of PEACE, ORDER, and GOOD GOVERNMENT: for laws to be effective and just THEY MUST BE PROMULGATED. otherwise, we have a populace that does not know if what they do is in violation of the state’s policy – or, in an even more terrifying Kafkaesque scenario: the state could, in fact, invent a law on the spot to simply trap someone they thought was a threat …

You really should read the rest of what charmofthereal writes.

~~~C
Your local blogger

Updates: Constitutional and Human Rights being Violated due to G20 and O. Reg 233/10

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Here are the updates from my Twitter tonight, again in reverse chronological order. (Sorry, I only had time to reorder the other tweets further down in this article!) Again, please ignore the time stamps, I’ve been working on this blog since I’ve copied those in here. Some of my tweets are plurks (my Plurk profile is www.plurk.com/feyMorgaina):

I didn’t vote for Harper’s gov’t. Look what he’s done to Canada in just a few years. This isn’t the Canada I g… http://plurk.com/p/60pvlx
30 minutes ago via API
I’m getting really tired keeping up with news, but it’s important. I never thought I’d see this happen here. I… http://plurk.com/p/60puhj
32 minutes ago via API
It’s midnight here, been hearing helicopters all night. Heard sirens just now heading south again… http://plurk.com/p/60psph
35 minutes ago via API
RT @shaminis: We just drove by there was no one there RT @rabbleca: RT @jenniferhollett: All night dance party at the detention center,
44 minutes ago via web
RT @jenniferhollett: All night dance party at the detention center, starting at 12am. From http://g20.torontomobilize.org/schedule #cbcg20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @krystalline_k: Protesters begging to get out; Corp media begging to be let in
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: Canadians have right to peaceful assembly and protest. So why are police rounding up citizens en masse tonight? #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: News crews, media crews, attempting to get down to the Novotel Hotel- police are blocking them from recording any activity or getting in.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @andrewbrett: Just drove by extremely fortified Eastern detention centre where peaceful protesters will be held. #g20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @kady: Okay, things seem to be back to — well, not exactly normal, but not supertense oh my heavens are we all going to be stampeded? #cbcg20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @kady: Protesters passing now. Loud cheers and whistles. Line moving back towards MacDougall Lane. Not a window smasher in sight. #cbcg20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Just ducked behind a tree as cops on horseback charged at protesters on Queen and Ryerson.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @spaikin: and shame on those that ordered peaceful protesters attacked and arrested. that is not consistent with democracy in toronto, G20 or no G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: @spaikin details assault on peaceful protestors at Novotel (where @redman0380 was detailed) and on Guardian journalist by police #g20report
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: Bail hearings (if you are not released by police) start tomorrow at 2pm at 2201 Finch Court.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 This ain’t ending tonight. Hundreds of cops in riot gear at Augusta and Queen. Protesters in alleys.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @SimaSaharZerehi: City TV media is trying to get to Novotel but police lines are blocking them. (via @g20mobilize) #g20report #g20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @IndiraBalki: after strong denials from Police #Bill_Blair confirms they launched tear_gas into crowds today #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @farah_way: RT @redman0380: We’re all charged w breach of peace for peacefully protesting-press being kept out-this is what police state looks like #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @katecallen: Outside now. Still small group completely surrounded by police, just sitting across from novotel hotel on esplanade.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @spaikin: police on one side screamed at the crowd to leave one way. then police on the other side said leave the other way. there was no way out.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Steve Paikin from TVO the Agenda @spaikin is sharing his observations of police brutality from tonight. no cameras recorded assault. #g20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @torontoist: He’s Jesse Rosenfeld, on assignment for the Guardian; he filed this story for them on Friday: http://bit.ly/bxR9ke #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @torontoist: We’ve learned the name of the reporter at the Novotel Hotel who @spaikin says was “assaulted” http://bit.ly/cZhETf #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @torontoist: Steve Paikin of TVO says a “peaceful” protest earlier included an unprovoked “assault” by police: folow @spaikin #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @tamera: Holy shit. Read what @spaikin is tweeting abt his experience tonight. He’s a respected journo. He’s not tagging #G20 http://bit.ly/dnLMhQ
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @Ella_Henry: Today I saw riot police charge citizens (most not protesting) and literally run over an old man #g20
about 1 hour ago via web
Oh, good. My Twitter is back up. http://plurk.com/p/60pgrw
about 1 hour ago via API
RT @spaikin: i saw police brutality tonight. it was unnecessary. they asked me to leave the site or they would arrest me. i told them i was dong my job.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @stephen_taylor: Steve Paikin has NOT been arrested. Simply escorted from scene.
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @CP24: Following arrests on the Esplanade right now – a camera has shot it and should have video shortly.
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @TTCnotices: Downtown subway/streetcar service closed for the evening. On Blue Night Network, 320 Yonge bus diverting, 301/306 not entering downtown core
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: So the Eternal Flame of Hope being extinguished (http://bit.ly/aAdRIt) was an omen, after all. #G20
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: A short report from Queen West, from a reporter who just left, and a reporter who’s still there: http://bit.ly/bYxg0q #G20
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @redman0380: FB: Ben we are all being arrested en masse over 150 people for no reason #g20 front of novotel toronto goodbye for now.:.
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @redman0380: We are being arrested 1-by-1, 200 ppl in front of novotel for no reason, trapped by riot cops #G20
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @postedtoronto: Two Post photographers arrested at G20 protest http://natpo.st/d0QSI4
about 2 hours ago via web
Man, they really are going to follow the people around all night. Just let the peaceful ones have their sit-in… http://plurk.com/p/60oe41
about 2 hours ago via API
RT @krystalline_k: Cops telling demonstrators to put hands over their head to get arrested peacefully at Novatell
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @shaminis: Hundreads surrounded at the peaceful sit-in being arrested. We are blocked out by police. #g20
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: Arrests now happening at Cameron and Queen, reports @kelkord: cops shouting “disperse or you will be arrested.” #G20
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @SimaSaharZerehi: People protesting peacefully outside novotel are being dragged away by police #g20 #policestate http://twitpic.com/20b5bf (via @shaminis)
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @uriohau: RT @g20mobilize: Mass arrests near Novotel Hotel- Cops swarming peaceful protesters-200 riot cops on each side & people not allowed to…
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: How do we know who are agents provocateurs and who are black block? RT @AntoniaZ: Behind the Black Bloc mob http://bit.ly/9B9kOO
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @jonasnaimark: Riot Police are escalating on Queen St. and Spadina. Pushing peaceful people down the street, fights breaking out right now.
about 2 hours ago via web
@theonetruegigi May be some are, but there are many who just want to assemble peacefully for the night. Check out rabbleca tweets.
about 2 hours ago via web in reply to theonetruegigi
RT @lindathu_nguyen: We just alerted police of someone dropping off a bag on the street beside us and walking away. No one is checking it yet #g20
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @smarcopoulos: Toronto Police arresting people on mass near Novatel on Esplanade. Crowd includes journalist @spaikin and @buhfy
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @krystalline_k: 10 cop buses and at least 50 minivans
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @smarcopoulos: RT @buhfy: Ppl are shouting “let us go” and have hands up in the air. Cops pushing us tighter and tighter, protesters pushed against walls.
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @redman0380: They are coming in arresting us one by one what the fuck #g20
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @drewcashmore: Three more buses have now arrived. #G20 protest. So far I count at least 10 buses of riot police
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @adammacisaac: Riot police moving in on peaceful marchers at Novotel #G20Report
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @TorontoStar: Reminder — subway still closed Yonge/University line and will stay closed until 2moro morning.
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @redman0380: Stuck between police riot gear lines at the Novotel as they advance
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @erynwheatley: RT: @MDCLegalUpdates: reports of a sit-in at the Novotel on Esplanade – people not being allowed to leave #g20report
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @spaikin: can’t tell what kinl of weapons are being pointed. can’t be live rounds, can it? new riot squad now here. why? this is peaceful.
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @jenniferhollett: VIDEO: I shot this. What it feels like to be stormed by riot police. http://tinyurl.com/277hoc7 #cbcg20
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @spaikin: “we’re going to sit here ’til someone from the g20 comes out & talks to us” says guy with megaphone
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @krystalline_k: Protesters congregate on Yonge
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @spaikin: crowd at yonge & front. phalanx of cops waiting on west side of yonge. crowd stopping.
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @krystalline_k: Please re-tweet. Do NOT travel anywhere alone tonight! Always travel in a group
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @spaikin: “we’re not radicalized youth. we’re just responding to what we’ve seen today”
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @DanielKitts: RT @MarkMcAllGlobal: Now at Bay & Wellington edge of #G20 fence – mult lines of police in riot gear forming http://tweetphoto.com/29379042
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @AmnestyNow: In lock-down at meeting space. Coffee House in progress as riot police are blocks away. Alain Roy just sang “Revolution” Fitting #g20
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @nealjennings: two separate caravans of bike cops have headed S on Yonge. WTF is going on down there? #g20
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @spaikin: middle aged UWO prof of social justice just told me “this is not consistent with our democracy. we’re just asking for our rights”
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @CP24: Reporters on the streets say more and more police arriving
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @stephen_taylor: Night falls as riot cops prepare for a long night in Toronto G20: http://yfrog.com/0d15349012j
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @buhfy: Protesters trapped and surrounded on all sides by cops/bldgs. Can’t get out. Cops fired rubber bullets at crowd. Ppl now chanting sit down.
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @Adam_Giambrone: TTC will issue press release in minutes that the subway and all transit south of the B/D line will remain closed tonight and reopen @ 9am.
about 2 hours ago via web
RT @globalnewsto: #ISU now confirms 130 people have been arrested as of 9:30pm EST. #G20
about 2 hours ago via web
@theonetruegigi …I am more concerned about the safety of the individual than the destruction of property. I feel bad for the jewelry store
about 2 hours ago via web in reply to theonetruegigi
@theonetruegigi For the record, I don’t particularly endorse people smashing things and I am totally against violent protesters, but…
about 2 hours ago via web in reply to theonetruegigi
@theonetruegigi Yeah, saw that. Was just referring to any peaceful people coming down here to march.
about 3 hours ago via web in reply to theonetruegigi
@theonetruegigi The streets do belong to all Canadians, the police are taking over. Any Canadian coming out to help out gets kudos from me.
about 3 hours ago via web in reply to theonetruegigi
@NatashaFatah Go for the big corps, guys! Not the small-time businesses. Not every business is corrupt and “bad”.
about 3 hours ago via web in reply to NatashaFatah
RT @NatashaFatah: Friend’s report: Gerrard+Yonge small jewelery store completely smashed up. The poor old man/owner looked completely broken. #cbcg20 #g20
about 3 hours ago via web
Many people highly suspect agent provocateurs were used today. http://plurk.com/p/60nqbx
about 3 hours ago via API
is starting to think that the police are going to chase the people around in circles downtown all night. http://plurk.com/p/60nq12
about 3 hours ago via API
RT @spaikin: ppl standing around with hands in air. this was peaceful. it won’t be now. unprovoked attack by police
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @spaikin: uh oh… cops firing on ppl… can’t be real bulletrs crowd panicking
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @CP24: Protesters have reached the fence. Huge police presence.
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @craigkielburger: Some protesters reach the fence. Singing ‘O Canada’ and raising peace signs. http://ow.ly/i/2hlF
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @stephen_taylor: Crowds face the police at the fence as night falls. #G20 http://yfrog.com/4j2wdj
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @davidakin: Toronto’s “hospital row” still receiving emergency patients, CP24 reports. #G20
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @DanielKitts: Chief Blair asked if police have plans re: protest block party at Church & Wellesley @ 11 pm. Blair: Yes. -Can you elaborate? – No. #g20
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @DanielKitts: Chief Blair being asked to comment on an incident where woman was allegedly almost trampled to death by police horse. Blair has no info.
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @g20updates: We have reports that two National Post photographers Brett Gundlock and Colin O’Connor have been detained by police. #G20
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @NoLore: Blair says no rubber bullets. Global reporter says that he has some bullets. Blair claims that there were no rubber bullets. #g20
about 3 hours ago via web
@g20updates Bill Blair “…limits to free speech” I disagree. Free speech isn’t violence. It’s violence that infringes the rights of others.
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @g20updates: Bill Blair: There are limits to free speech and they end when they infringe on the rights of others. #g20
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Protestors are at yonge and dundas heading south for the fence #g20report
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @NoLore: Bill Blair claims that we were black block at QP in press conference, this justifies the violence today. That’s a lie. #g20
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @stephen_taylor: TO Police chief says tear gas has been used, but rubber bullets have NOT been used.
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Yup, all a set up. Rt @pmoharper #G20 police removed bike racks, trees, etc. but left their police cars (cont) http://tl.gd/25df6s
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @g20updates: RT @kimfox: Protester asks police offer how he’s doing. Officer confesses he doesn’t want to be here and misses family. Very human exchange
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @lifeonqueen: Bill Blair: So far 75 arrested. Arrests will continue. #g20
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Police tactic worked. Scared the living bejeebers out of people onto Bloor, where they dispersed. Cops have now retreated. @yeeguan
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @yeeguan: They’re shooting at us. Guy got shot in the knee. #G20 @rabbleca http://myloc.me/8sxah
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @yeeguan: Those aren’t blanks. Two guys shot with rubber bullets. @rabbleca #G20 http://myloc.me/8sxjR
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @jesrose: RT @yeeguan: This is what a rubber bullet wound looks like. #G20 @rabbleca http://tweetphoto.com/29365732
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @krystalline_k: Horse cops squish protesters against the wall, one guy gets trampled.
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: @TorontoPolice really? Than whose? It sure looked like a police strategy
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: @TorontoPolice why did you move the line from the fence to Toronto’s busiest commercial streets? #g20
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Mounted cops are chasing us onto Bloor. #G20 @yeeguan http://myloc.me/8sz4G
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @RebeccaRose84: Media keep repeating that orig peaceful protesters have gone home and that it’s only violent protesters left. This is not true. #g20report
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @nealjennings: protest coming N to Bloor just W of Bedford. #g20. bloor street taken over
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @stephen_taylor: I’ve confirmed that CTV producer Farzad Fatholahzad has been arrested by police at G20 protest in Toronto
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Protesters separated between Hoskins and Devonshire. Mounted cops chase after Hoskins. @yeeguan #G20 http://tweetphoto.com/29364078
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @TorontoStar: Rubber bullets fired at Queen’s Park hitting at least one person. #g20
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @RebeccaRose84: CTV now showing their producer being taken away by cops in hand cuffs. #g20report #G20
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Advancing police lines on Harbord. #G20 @yeeguan http://tweetphoto.com/29363174
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @lindathu_nguyen: Chief Blair refuses to answer questions about Queen’s Park evacuation. Wouldn’t answer any questions from @torontoist.
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: RT @CP24: Police Chief Bill Blair says 75 people apprehended this evening. #G20
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Protesters swear to take Bloor. Please, no more injuries. @yeeguan #G20 http://myloc.me/8sxzP
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @Ella_Henry: Police officer just told me if he had a choice he wouldn’t be at the #g20 enforcing this police state
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Just got pushed north. Two shots (rubber bullets?) Fired. No injuries. @yeeguan #G20 http://myloc.me/8sx2s
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @krystalline_k: Sound cannon driving down Queen
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Aggressive police push north on Queen’s Park. Pause… @yeeguan #G20 http://tweetphoto.com/29359568
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @MDCLegalUpdates: legal observers calling in from west side of queen’s park to report police charging at protesters #g20report
about 3 hours ago via web
RT @NoLore: “The whole world is watching” we’re chanting. The riot cops keep charging. #G20
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @kady: These ones are moving quicker — and there’s *another* herd moving down now. Everyone here puzzled. http://twitpic.com/209mtd
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @kady: No idea why this sudden movement — but the truncheons are shield-smashing in unison. #cbcg20 http://twitpic.com/209m6b
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Trying to get to Queen’s Park west. Fail. Cops have sealed the entire place. @yeeguan #G20 http://myloc.me/8svY8
about 4 hours ago via web
shares http://tinyurl.com/2dd6kuo (My commentary on the video of the illegal search) http://plurk.com/p/60n5fz
about 4 hours ago via API
shares http://tinyurl.com/29fzcmu (G20 Updates from Twitter – Constitutional and Human Rights Being Violated)… http://plurk.com/p/60n4ww
about 4 hours ago via API
Video: Just watched this video involving illegal detention, illegal search, and illegal seizure (they took… http://tumblr.com/x3ic8nqm8
about 4 hours ago via Tumblr
shares http://tinyurl.com/2czmrwr (G20 Community Day of Action illegal search) http://plurk.com/p/60mwqw
about 4 hours ago via API
RT @rabbleca: Video of illegal search at #G20 has babblers up in arms: “This is what a police state looks like.” http://bit.ly/df8LWX
about 4 hours ago via web
@CP24 Please, please no one hurt the Tea Shop!!! Good people work there.
about 4 hours ago via web
@CP24 Re: Protests now at Yonge & Bloor. Was just there getting food. Good thing I went when I did or no dinner for me.
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @CP24: G20 Protest heads south on Yonge from Bloor St.
about 4 hours ago via web
@rabbleca Mine too. I haven’t retweeted this much ever.
about 4 hours ago via web
Hey protesters! Don’t mess with the Tea Shop!!! Decent peaceful people there. I love my bubble tea! http://plurk.com/p/60mrja
about 4 hours ago via API
RT @rabbleca: @jesrose Retweeting finger is about to fall off (it’s been hours!), but merci beaucoup!
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @spaikin: police have cordoned off financial district. one cop yells “we’re just trying to get to starbucks here.”
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @TorontoStar: Police making arrests in downtown. Pix by @rogergillespie http://twitpic.com/209iqh
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @spaikin: cops creating new line on king. moving everyone out east towards yonge st. cops in riot gear with helmets
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @druojajay: now taking odds: will the cbc interview a single protester before the day is done? #g20 #g20report
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @craigkielburger: Police pushing people back. People caught with pepper spray in eyes. Young and old. #G20 http://ow.ly/i/2hfU
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @krystalline_k: Cops are running protesters down like animals, throwing them to the ground
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Anyone identify the agents provocateurs in the crowds? @anndouglas: CBC reporting less than 100 violent (cont) http://tl.gd/25cktm
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @torontoist: At Queen’s Park, cops hit protesters with batons. One of our reporters got hit, and has a bruise: http://bit.ly/9DbTdD #G20
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @JProskowGlobal: Police clearing everyone out of qiueens park north, the designated free speech zone
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: RT @KateMilberry Police now pushing people out of designated protest area. Um, that’s the only place they are “allowed” #g20 #g20report
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @stephen_taylor: Picture of Black Bloc vs. police vehicle: http://twitpic.com/209gpd G20
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Maaaajor police buildup on University puts cop/protester ratio at about 10:1. @yeeguan #G20 http://myloc.me/8sv0C
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @kady: A quick scan thru the windows suggests every one of these white vans is full of police #cbcg20 http://twitpic.com/209gy9
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @stephen_taylor: Police arrest three at John/Wellington: http://twitpic.com/209bkj
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @CP24: Police moving in on demonstrators at Queen’s Park and have taken at least one person into custody. #G20
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: “You’re sexy, you’re cute. Take off your riot suit!” Protesters chant @ riot cops #g20 /v @KateMilberry @knussbaum @CBCReporters
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @g20updates: Katherine Laidlaw on King St.: Police making human perimeter from Simcoe to University on King St. Looks like they’re preparing for arrivals
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @kady: Sizeable security convoy – plus CBC truck – heading up University. As am I! #cbcg20 http://twitpic.com/209e09
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @krystalline_k: Cops reported to be charging through crowd of protesters trapped at Queen’s Park
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Riot cops banging shields adding to University phalanx. @yeeguan #G20 http://tweetphoto.com/29352874
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @NoLore: Horses circling the park, charging the crowd. #g20 sry the phots not great, I was running away. http://twitpic.com/209e7l
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @NoLore: Riot cops are charging the crowds. #g20
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @nealjennings: someone is launching something at the crowd which is periodically bolting. no idea what’s actually going on but stampede may b imminent #g20
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @jenhassum: Now safe eating supper. Hearing the news, its so bizare that storefronts were smashed. On the march I never saw it happen once. #G20
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @lex_is: Plugged back in, @justincgio and I are safe but injured, uploading photos and video now #g20report
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @CP24: Tactical unit now moving into area blocked off by police, reporter live inside. #G20
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @larrylarry: Confirmed: TTC shuttles on Parliament and Bathurst are FREE and runs every five minutes #ttcu #g20
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @CP24: Police blocking in protesters on Queen St W, moving in from both sides
about 4 hours ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @Spacing: Spacing told by medic near Queen’s Park rubber bullets/tear gas have been used on protesters, and (cont) http://tl.gd/25cd52
about 4 hours ago via web
I don’t think police should have charged the peaceful protesters at Queen’s Park – some of them had children w… http://plurk.com/p/60mfz5
about 5 hours ago via API
One guy commented to another that he got turned back from Queen’s Park. He wanted to get some photos on what w… http://plurk.com/p/60mfrr
about 5 hours ago via API
Restaurants still open at Yonge & Bloor. Just got takeout from there. Some people are walking south still. http://plurk.com/p/60mff8

You may see other updates from Torontoist’s “G20 Live: Saturday”.

The latest concern tonight is the assault of Jesse Rosenfeld, a journalist working for the Guardian. He wrote yesterday’s article, “Rejecting G20′s consensus of the few”. His assault was witnessed by Steve Paiken from The Agenda, a show on TVO. Both Steve Paiken and Jesse Rosenfeld were following the peaceful protesters who were later arrested in front of Novotel after being pinned in by police. Some of my retweets were from the protesters in front of Novotel. Below is an excerpt of some of Paikin’s tweets (some of which I retweeted), formatted nicely courtesy of Torontoist (linked above):

11:59 PM: Steve Paikin, host of The Agenda on TVO, was at the demonstration at the Esplanade earlier, and says he witnessed a “totally unneccessary” assault by police, on a reporter claiming to be with The Guardian. Right now he is tweeting @spaikin. Some of those tweets:

“i saw police brutality tonight. it was unnecessary. they asked me to leave the site or they would arrest me. i told them i was dong my job. • they repeated they would arrest me if i didn’t leave. as i was escorted away from the demonstration, i saw two officers hold a journalist. • the journalist identified himself as working for “the guardian.” he talked too much and pissed the police off. two officers held him…. • a third punched him in the stomach. totally unnecessary. the man collapsed. then the third officer drove his elbow into the man’s back. • no cameras recorded the assault. and it was an assault. • the officer who escorted me away from the demo said, “yeah, that shouldn’t have happened.” he is correct. there was no cause for it.
i can appreciate that the police were on edge today, after seeing four or five of their cruisers burned. but why such overreaction tonight? • the demonstration on the esplanade was peaceful. it was like an old sit in. no one was aggressive. and yet riot squad officers moved in. • police on one side screamed at the crowd to leave one way. then police on the other side said leave the other way. there was no way out. • so the police just started arresting people. i stress, this was a peaceful, middle class, diverse crowd. no anarchists • literally more than 100 officers with guns pointing at the crowd. rubber bullets and smoke bombs ready to be fired. rubber bullets fired • i was “escorted” away by police so couldn’t see how many arrested, but it must have been dozens.”

we must make a distinction between the “thugs” who broke store windows and torched cop cars and the very reasonable citizens who • .just wanted to remind the authorities that the freedom to speak and assemble shouldn’t disappear because world leaders come to town.

Individual tweets within the space of a paragraph above are demarcated with a • symbol. DT

Paikin further tweeted (I’m using the ~ symbol to separate tweets):

i have lived in toronto for 32 years. have never seen a day like this. shame on the vandals. ~ and shame on those that ordered peaceful protesters attacked and arrested. that is not consistent with democracy in toronto, G20 or no G20 ~ 2. Who specifically gave the order to clear the street? was that decision made on site or by a higher authority? ~ 3. Does the tor police svc have any evidence of dangerous acts from those demonstrators that forced them to act that way, at that time? ~ if any journos are talking to the police chief on sunday, those would be questions i’d like answered. ok, that’s it. signing off tonight.”

Yes, shame on the vandals, they didn’t need to do this tonight (and yes, there is the question of agent provocateurs being used) and force the police to take more violent action since we already know that Police Chief Blair wanted to arrest people for vandalism. That being said, I am more concerned with the safety of the people than with the destruction of property (windows can be replaced, people can’t nor can they recover that easily from some injuries – I’ve had injuries, though not from protest rallies) so a bigger shame on those that ordered the peaceful protesters attacked and arrested. I have the same questions as Paikin. I also want to know why the Jesse Rosenfeld was assaulted by police. Was it just random dumb luck? He got the cruel ones? Even if he “talked too much” as per Paikin tweets, he didn’t deserve to be beaten. He also clearly identified himself as a journalist for the Guardian. This assault is indeed a human rights violation. It is police brutality. I’d like to know who was in charge of those officers.

If you scroll back through Paikin’s tweets, you can see that the group of protesters he followed tonight were peaceful, at least the whole time he was with them. It appears too that they were the peaceful group of protesters from Queen’s Park. Paikin’s earlier tweets:

dundas square perfectly fine. very few ppl ~ action at yonge & queen. police line stopping traffic along queen. ~ best news for police: just started raining ~ one in crowd says “come join us and march for democracy. they’ve drummed us out of queen’s park” ~ crowd chanting “whose street? our street!” moving west on richmond ~ these are not “thugs” very middle class looking crowd. peaceful march. so far. moving south on bay ~ new chant: this is what democracy looks like” ~ i’m in the thick of it. heading down bay to the fin dist. no cops in site ~ looks like a few thousand ppl. now marching on king, west to TD Ctr. ~ the good old standby: “the ppl, united, will never be defeated” ~ well, here we go. huge phalanx of cops ahead. ~ new chant: “peaceful protest!”
we’re on wellington st. cops against the fence on south side. crowd on north side, now singing o canada ~ gotta be 100 police here. let’s hope crowd stays on its side of street ~ police moving one of their lines west. they just left. now crowd has moved into wellington st ~ very wise move by police to leave. huge crowd is chanting but the immediate provocation is gone ~ huge fence is still peotecting royal bank bldg. crowd doesn’t seem to know what to do now that the cops have left ~ oh come on… cope are returning. a “whack ‘em and stack ‘em” line coming east on wellington. ~ crowd leaving. cops stopping. no confrontation thankfully ~ back in TD courtyard. lots of police here. “police go home” is the chant ~ crowd leaving TD Centre. they want to chant but don’t apparently want trouble. ~ crowd back on king st. they don’t know where to go. there’s no ringleader out here
uh oh… cops firing on ppl… can’t be real bulletrs crowd panicking ~ everyone chanting peaceful protest. cops moving on crowd. guns poised. ~ ppl standing around with hands in air. this was peaceful. it won’t be now. unprovoked attack by police ~ crowd sitting down on king st in front of 1st cdn place. still chanting “peaceful protest” ~ phalanx of cops standing 20 metres away, guns pointed. i heard some kind of projectile whiz past me. obviously not bullets but unnecessary ~ this is inexplicable. the crowd was ready to disperse, then the police moved on them and fired some kind of projectiles. ~ crowd is up & moving east. one police line on the other side must have receded
middle aged UWO prof of social justice just told me “this is not consistent with our democracy. we’re just asking for our rights” ~ what? are they habs’ fans? they’re chanting “olay olay olay olay” ~ this seems very organic and spontaneous. no signs. no “cause” other than the right to assemble ~ police line on yonge north of king. police screaming “get back”. ppl are ~ crowd stalled at king & victoria. don’t knowbwhat to do.
“we’re not radicalized youth. we’re just responding to what we’ve seen today” ~ crowd at yonge & front. phalanx of cops waiting on west side of yonge. crowd stopping. ~ crowd haa stopped and is seated on east side of yonge at front. ~ “we’re going to sit here ’til someone from the g20 comes out & talks to us” says guy with megaphone ~ have never seen this before. cpl thousand ppl sitting in the street, cops just watching. still a peaceful protest ~ “we don’t want violence. if we do that, we’re stooping down to their level”
now this is bizarre. a guy who just got out of jail in texas is talking to me about the chinese devaluing their $ ~ pouring rain now. everyone getting wet. no umbrellas out here ~ police phalanx, to its credit, just holding the line, not moving on crowd. ~ moving again. down yonge st, south of front ~ hey david akin, crowd is passing your hotel on the esplanade ~ hotel guests waving out their windows. draws huge cheers ~ is that you waving akin? someome is. getting a helluva cheer
here come the cops again. weapons drawn. ppl sitting again. middle of esplanade ~ police in full riot gear moving closer. ppl still sitting in middle of street ~ almost 20 cops. new chant: “the whole world is watching.” coyne will not appreciate unoriginality ~ crowd surrounded. cops on both sides now ~ can’t tell what kinl of weapons are being pointed. can’t be live rounds, can it? new riot squad now here. why? this is peaceful. ~ suddenly 20 cops is now 100
don’t mind saying it…this is scary. one dumb person on either side & this could get dangerous. ~ the police should be smart & do nothing. this is not a violent crowd. they keep insisting it’s a peaceful protest ~ cops tightening their perimeter. why? they are forcing something they dont need to force ~ who is ordering these police to tighten the noose? it’s unnecessary. evwryone’s sitting. now tthety’ret motvintt into the crowd ~ cops moving closer why? ~ arresin people ~ mny arress now. inexplicable ppl say “we wan o go home cops overwhelming crowd ~ weapons are rubber bulles ~ i. gone police escor me away

After that Paikin got to a computer and proceeded to describe his night starting with “i saw police brutality tonight. it was unnecessary.” as quoted earlier.

Police brutality is a human rights violation. They did not need to break up a peaceful assembly of people, something that is a fundamental freedom according to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and also a human right given by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If we stand idly by this time and not speak up against these human rights violations, even for just one weekend, it is tacit acceptance that it is okay when it isn’t. There are no exceptions to Charter and human rights. Everyone who is peaceful and non-violent retains these rights. Contrary to mainstream media, the protesters who were arrested at Novotel were not what some people may think as Paikin tweeted above, “these are not “thugs” very middle class looking crowd” and also quoted, “we’re not radicalized youth. we’re just responding to what we’ve seen today” There was also a university professor of social justice out marching tonight (UWO is University of Western Ontario).

I’m irked by the lack of understanding some (arguably many) people have regarding constitutional and human rights issues. Everyone has these rights. One of them is freedom of expression, another is freedom of peaceful assembly. Just because some people exercise these rights in a different manner than you might want to (or perhaps not at all) doesn’t mean these rights shouldn’t exist. Nor can you insist on having these rights and hypocritically ask to take away these rights from others simply because you don’t agree with their opinions or methods. What do I mean by this? First, you have a group of people who wish to make their opinions heard by marching or demonstrating in a public place. This group is exercising their right to freedom of expression and also the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. These rights should not be taken away simply because you may disagree with their opinion or disagree with the action of gathering in a large group in order to express opinions. For example, I don’t agree with the opinions of PETA, but I would still argue for their right to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly. I particularly find it hypocritical for some people to criticize others for voicing their opinions when the people criticizing are in fact exercising their right to freedom of expression as well. Frankly, if you do not want to have these human rights for everyone, then you don’t deserve to live here where these rights are guaranteed by our Canadian Charter. I am very irked by people blaming the protesters for what’s been happening when not all protesters were vandals or violent (as can be seen in the tweets above), and police made matters worse by asking for Ont. Reg 233/10 to be passed giving them more power and authority this week when they frankly didn’t need them to do their job. I still stand by my opinion that making a temporary regulation to invoke the provisions given in the Public Works Protection Act, thereby giving the police too much authority and power over civilians, is unconstitutional.

A comment by M. Spector regarding the passing of Ont. Reg. 233/10 on the rabble.ca article “‘Just watch them’: Harper and McGuinty’s G20 tag team against civil liberties” sums up my feelings about the regulation and about some people:

…this nasty piece of handiwork from Dalton McGuilty is more reminiscent of the South African “pass laws”, where Blacks (unlike Whites) could be arrested for failing to show a government-issued internal passport on demand. Or the World War Two movie scenes where the Gestapo routinely asks citizens for ID, and arrests them because “your papers are not in order”.

Or the stop-and-frisk laws that the New York City cops used last year to harrass and racially profile 575,304 people and compile a huge database of information based on those searches.

These are all characteristics of a police state. And they are simply the logical extension of the airport security systems now firmly in place, which the sheeple have all agreed are necessary for their security.

What is amazing is that many people who fancy themselves “liberal” or “progressive” see no problem with these laws, and can’t understand why anyone would oppose the ongoing government project to force everyone to carry a national identity card and produce it on demand. By the time they “get it” it will be too late. [Cass' note: Emphasis and bolding added.]

I agree with M. Spector above when he says “By the time they ‘get it’ it will be too late.” That is my fear. That it will take a Neda Agha-Soltan (killed in Iran last year) or a Khalid Said (recently beaten to death by Egyptian police) for people to wake up. But, by then we could be already be living in a police state under tyrannical rule too.

But wait, this is a democratic society some say. The majority of people here don’t agree with the protests. This was a tweet I suppose was replying to my earlier comment that things may have been calming down in the downtown core, “good! The real residents of Toronto are tired of this bullshit. Ones still there do NOT have the support of the Gen. Pop.” There are a few problems with this comment that I have to shake my head at (and also, laugh at, this person clearly has not been reading my other tweets to understand what my opinions really are and what my concerns are). First of all, the streets of Toronto do not belong to just the residents of Toronto, but to all Canadians (also, I disagree with the ideas of borders since we are all “citizens” of the entire world and the world “belongs” to everyone). Secondly, if by “Gen. Pop.” this person means the majority of people, ever hear of the phrase “tyranny of the majority”? I know I mentioned it in a blog article a while ago in conjunction with a little discussion about intelligence quotient tests and if they are useful or not. Democratic societies can be considered to operate based on “tyranny of the majority” because there may be a small percentage of the population who do not agree with majority. In my previous article discussing I.Q., I point out why this may be. It’s simply because the most intelligent people in a society will never be the majority. Statistically, the percentage of people with an I.Q. above 130 is quite small – 2.23% according to the graph on that blog. Thus, the majority opinion will often be the least… sorry, meant to say… a less intelligent one and decisions based on that will not be the most intelligent decisions. The opinion of the “Gen. Pop” today regarding these protests and what has occurred in response to the human rights violations frankly shows the lack of understanding the majority of people have regarding what human rights really are about and why Canada has the Charter. It’s what makes Canada fundamentally different from places like the U.S.

But hey, this is a democratic society and I have to obey by the majority because that is the law of the land here. Well, I shall direct you to this little commentary on the G20 and democracy, “No, THIS is Democracy!”

It is nearing early morning now and this blogger needs some sleep. I sign off with another article for my readers, “Behind the Black Bloc mob”.

~~~C
Your local blogger

Video: Constitutional and Human Rights being Violated because of the G20

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Just watched this video involving illegal detention, illegal search, and illegal seizure (they took his goggles!)

Even according to Ont. Reg. 233/10, Allen Gardens is NOT declared a “public work” and this guy does have a right to enter the park. Good for this guy for standing up against this (and note that his is not being violent and poses no threat to the police). The cops are either not clear on which places are “public works” according to Ont. Reg. 233/10 or they are outright lying. This is an illegal detention, illegal search, and illegal seizure contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I hope this guy looks into a Charter challenge.

~~~C

G20 Updates from Twitter – Constitutional and Human Rights Being Violated

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

This is indeed what I’ve been concerned with, escalating tension leading to police violence, all due to the passing of Ont. Reg. 233/10, which gives the police more power and authority as per the PWPA. I am strongly against the use of the PWPA as a way to invoke emergency powers for the police. I find it unconstitutional and it has only angered protesters more and also angered others who weren’t even protesting initially. Everyone has a right to organize, rally, demonstrate, and voice their dissenting opinions.

Following are my latest tweets/retweets today regarding the G20 (as is standard with Twitter, the latest tweets are first and the earliest one last – ignore the timestamps as I’ve been updating and writing this blog at the same time):

Okay, I need to take a break and get some food. Will be back later to check on the status of the G20 protests…. http://plurk.com/p/60ltnm
less than 10 seconds ago via API
RT @Spacing: Protesters trampled by horses described as “bloodied and broken,” then dragged behind police lines, not to be seen after. #G20
6 minutes ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: Reports of mounted police charging peaceful protesters at Queen’s Park appear to be true. Sadly. #G20
7 minutes ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: Multiple (unconfirmed) reports of mounted police charging peaceful protesters at Queen’s Park where people are boxed in by buses. #G20
7 minutes ago via web
RT @spirodon: Toronto: At least 4 community organizers currently being held as political prisoners @g20mobilize http://bit.ly/a3suo8 #g20report
8 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: Police on horses recently “charged the crowd” at Queen’s Park, reports @hyfen. “Lots of wild running.” #G20
9 minutes ago via web
Cops on horseback rushed the protesters – seems like they’re trying to shut down the protests now. http://plurk.com/p/60lp5j
21 minutes ago via API
RT @SimaSaharZerehi: Cops on horses rush through lines of protestors @ University #g20report #g20
22 minutes ago via web
RT @KateMilberry: AMC journo from Queen’s Park: Line of riot police attacking people, shooting with tear gas pellets, arresting folks #g20report #policestate
27 minutes ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: RT @buhfy Seems they were shooting rubber bullets too, ppl saying. More cops marching in. Not once have cops communicated to crowd. #G20
28 minutes ago via web
RT @lisanjutras: Just talked to protestor. The cops have small pellets of powder they shoot at peoples legs, feet. He saw 8 ppl arrested
28 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: Smoke at Queen’s Park http://bit.ly/dfSmM4 Not clear yet if it’s tear gas, flares, etc. Protesters are throwing rocks. #g20
29 minutes ago via web
Police – please show restraint on Taser use as per new directives this year. Do not aim at anyone’s chest. htt… http://plurk.com/p/60lnb5
RT @nowtoronto: More cops arriving at University and College armed with tasers. #g20
2 minutes ago via web
RT @elamin88: Protesters are singing “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.”#G20Report
2 minutes ago via web
RT @spirodon: main report on @cbcnews on G20 protests includes not a single quote from an activist voice; balance? http://bit.ly/9BGtOu #g20report
2 minutes ago via web
RT @nowtoronto: Cops on horses blocking view from sth of University. Skirmishes. Placards on the ground. Protesters on QP lawn pinned.#g20
3 minutes ago via web
RT @krystalline_k: Pepper spray or tear gas; I can’t tell from here because I can just hear screaming and see puffs of smoke. I’m gettin reports of both.
3 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: Kathryn Carlson: Intense standoff in Queen’s Park. Pepper spray deployed, crowds running, arrests. It’s very, very tense and unpredictabe
5 minutes ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Six men and one woman lie on Bay at King St. They are staying the night, they say.
5 minutes ago via web
RT @SimaSaharZerehi: More tear gas shot on University Ave & College #g20report #g20
5 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: Matt Braga is at University and College: Police just made a rush forward, they’re pushing us. They’re firing pepper balls.
5 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: More from David Miller: http://bit.ly/bk1idU #G20 “They call themselves anarchists…I think criminals would be a better term”
6 minutes ago via web
shares http://thestar.blogs.com/g20/ (Alison Blais… says she was pepper sprayed in the nose and mouth.) Conf… http://plurk.com/p/60lk6b
7 minutes ago via API
Police already have the authority to arrest anyone who assaults them, they don’t need the extra powers from th… http://plurk.com/p/60lhiy
22 minutes ago via API
RT @torontoist: RT @postedtoronto: Mayor Miller: “A small group of people, “criminals”, came clearly with the intent of perpetrating crime” #G20
23 minutes ago via web
RT @snotforprofit: #G20 crowd demographics: Mixed gender, genx/ y with video cameras, boomers w/ SLR lenses, ethnicity varied – few teen, lots of 30sumthins
24 minutes ago via web
RT @anndouglas: CBC TV reporting less than 100 violent protesters out of total crowd of 10,000 protesters. #g20
24 minutes ago via web
RT @postedtoronto: Mayor Miller: “From what I have seen, police are acting appropriately. Their response to violence will be ‘strong’”
25 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: Matt Braga is at University and College: They’ve got the sound cannon out. They’re saying things, but I’m not close enough to hear.
26 minutes ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Just saw someone smash the glass doors of Canada Permanent Building at Adelaide and Bay.
26 minutes ago via web
RT @adammacisaac: 30 mins ago police used rubber bullets or bean bags on #G20 crowd. @CBCNews picking up story now #G20Report
26 minutes ago via web
RT @KateMilberry: Cops fired on crowd: rubber bullets or bean bags at University/College #g20report #g20 #policestate
26 minutes ago via web
RT @nowtoronto: Choppers heading towards Covention Centre. Or King and Bay melee?#g20
26 minutes ago via web
RT @PialiRoy: For folks far away, #G20 protests here in Toronto have become chaotic at times in downtown core beyond fence. Entire city is NOT under siege
26 minutes ago via web
RT @kellyowarrior: At the fence – just walked around the block at King & Yonge – riot Cops holding back march still at King & Bay #g20 http://yfrog.com/mrog6j
27 minutes ago via web
RT @timmcsorley: approx 500 riot cops in Queen’s Park, even more on bikes & horses; protesters getting pushed back. College completely blocked. #g20report
27 minutes ago via web
RT @impolitical: Star blog 5:06 pm: tear gas canisters have been thrown but landed too far away fr protesters 2 have impact (College St) http://ow.ly/23Ghu
27 minutes ago via web
RT @buhfy: One guy smashed on head with baton. Smelling tear gas now; ppl crying.
27 minutes ago via web
RT @TorontoStar: Toronto Police – ISU now retracting statement they used tear gas. #g20
28 minutes ago via web
RT @680News: Toronto police Sgt. Tim Burrows confirmed to 680News police have not used firearms, pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets in G20 protest.
29 minutes ago via web
shares http://tinyurl.com/38lzsdh (Torontoist – G20 Live) Along with rabbleca on Twitter, you can follow Toron… http://plurk.com/p/60la2v
about 1 hour ago via API
RT @tara_cssdp: Cops rushing group at college and university #g20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @g8g20agenda: RT @TorontoStar: 3 hospitals in lock down – Mt. Sinai, Toronto General and Princess Margaret #g20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @craigkielburger: Riot police squeezing protestors out of Queens Park. Very strategic. Protestors telling each other to slowly back out. Some get arrested #G8
about 1 hour ago via web
The deaf man that was arrested yesterday has been released finally. #G20 http://plurk.com/p/60l8zp
about 1 hour ago via API
RT @HiMYSYeD: TPS in riot gear have safely retaken University & college intersection. #g20 #G20report http://twitpic.com/208atr
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: RT @RaveenaAulakh #G20 Everyone is waiting for teargas at King and Bay. Very angry protesters, cops angrier.
about 1 hour ago via web
“Hey ho! Harper’s got to go!!!” (angry) Please replurk and retweet. Canadian citizens need your support! http://plurk.com/p/60l8be
about 1 hour ago via API
RT @tamera: Harper knew this would happen to our beautiful city. Inexcusable to have held the #G20 here. Shame.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @balkissoon: Yonge St. is an absolute sea of people. Big group stops to chk World Cup through window. Cheers for Ghana. #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Wildest and angriest crowd of the day yet. Screaming, bellowing and pushing COPS back at King and Bay.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @g20updates: Toronto Police’s Wendy Drummond confirms to CP24 that tear gas has been used for the first time in Toronto #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @nowtoronto: A sit-in on the streetcar tracks at King and Yonge. ”If we get violent, they’ll get violent” #g20 http://twitpic.com/2085xn
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @KateMilberry: RT @MDCLegalUpdates: Deaf man arrested yesterday finally released after being denied access to counsel & ALS interpreter #g20report #g20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @CP24: Police confirm tear gas has been used at College St. and University Ave.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @g8g20agenda: Police fire rubber bullets at media. Miss violent protesters at University and College. #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @JayManCanada: CBC reporter: two seriously injured in protests. One man’s skull was visible through gash in his head, rushed to hospital. #g20report
about 1 hour ago via web
If they can sneak in a temp regulation this fast that gives police such widespread authority and power, how fa… http://plurk.com/p/60l7ft
about 1 hour ago via API
Does Toronto need a Neda before people will stand up against what may well be the beginnings of a police state… http://plurk.com/p/60l73z
about 1 hour ago via API
I’m hearing EMS (Emergency Medical Services) vehicles now. The sound is moving south… I am really hoping no … http://plurk.com/p/60l6r4
about 1 hour ago via API
RT @davescrivener: Marchers heading down Bay into the heart of the financial district. #G20 still in the 1000s
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @craigkielburger: Tear gas being deployed at College and University. #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @HarshaWalia: Thousands still on the street in toronto: labor, anti war, students, anarchists, community organizers. G20 shutdown! #g20report
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @g8g20agenda: No sign yet of supposed military. Maybe a false alarm? #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @g8g20agenda: Eaton Centre now being evacuated. #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @TorontoStar: Eaton Centre locked down. Protesters now outside police headquarters. #g20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @G8G20ISUca: ***There is no fench breach at Bay and King as there is no security fence there. #g8g20isu
about 1 hour ago via web
I’m using Plurk and Twitter, for the Plurkers on here, you can follow me on Twitter. Same name as on here. http://plurk.com/p/60l5mv
about 1 hour ago via API
Hear those helicopters? It’s the sound of liberty dying. Today is a very bad day in the history of Toronto. :-… http://plurk.com/p/60l4np
about 1 hour ago via API
RT @theonetruegigi: Why do they hold #g20 in urban areas? Whoever keeps planning this shit deserves to be taken out back and beaten. Repeatedly.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @theonetruegigi: Stephen Harper is a supremely irresponsible, unthinking yet calculating asshole for dropping this #G20 turd on #Toronto.
about 1 hour ago via web
I’ve been hearing helicopters all week. Another one flew by a few minutes ago heading south. http://plurk.com/p/60l1jn
RT @g8g20agenda: Apparently the military is arriving in Toronto. #G20
9 minutes ago via web
RT @a_picazo: BlackBloc’s violence was permitted, willingly by the police standing idly by as peaceful protests were stormed by BlackBloc. #G20 #cdnpoli
9 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: Tensions are mounting at Queen and John. Some spitting, throwing of food. #G20
10 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Queen and Richmond stalemate. There’s smoke. P http://tweetphoto.com/29306485
10 minutes ago via web
RT @FancieTweets: Police pushback at #battleofspadina. We’re not budging. #g20report #cbcg20 http://twitpic.com/2077ec
11 minutes ago via web
RT @PreemptDissent: Here comes the water cannon: RT @TorontoStar http://twitpic.com/206x9j #g20 #g20report
11 minutes ago via web
RT @kady: Okay, seems to have calmed down a bit. It’s sort of a riot cop/media/anarchist sandwich, actually. #cbcg20
11 minutes ago via web
RT @CP24: GO Transit not running between Danforth and Mimico stations due to #G20
11 minutes ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: RT @mmcohen police have drawn line just south of queen. tear gas, mounted units , and psu http://twitpic.com/2075e9 #G20
12 minutes ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: reinforcments being brought in at Spadina, John, Peter south of queen #g20report
12 minutes ago via web
RT @nowtoronto: Medical emergency at Queen and John. Protesters bleeding profusely. Unclear why. #g20
12 minutes ago via web
RT @IndiraBalki: Amazing 2 see the crwd strng despite all the full deplymt of the #policestate & its arsnal #g20 strand’d in the burbs
13 minutes ago via web
RT @erynwheatley: report of serious incidents of police beating crowd 3 to 5 people with head injuries Queen and John #g20report #resistG20
13 minutes ago via web
RT @kellyowarrior: People’s First march has breakaway at Spadina &Queen – south to the fence #g20 http://yfrog.com/0cyqtoj
13 minutes ago via web
RT @andreamoffat: RT @lacymacauley: This crowd is huge! Probably closer to 20,000. Another group pic! #Toronto #G20 #G20report http://twitpic.com/2072np
14 minutes ago via web
RT @stephen_taylor: Members of Black Bloc get pepper sprayed at Queen/John according to report #G20
15 minutes ago via web
@rabbleca Protesters, please don’t break down the bookstore – books are part of freedom of expression!!!!
15 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: CP24 reports at Spadina and Richmond, protesters are throwing sticks #G20
17 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @ArielTroster: Cops at Queen and John, guarding Chapters in full riot gear #G20report http://twitpic.com/20742s
17 minutes ago via web
RT @CP24: EMS called to treat 3 protesters bleeding from the head at Queen and John – can’t get there due 2 protesters clogging streets
18 minutes ago via web
RT @adammacisaac: #PoliceState for “own security” RT @milleramy Queen & John members of black bloc peppersprayed & one bleeding from head. #g20report #Cdnpoli
19 minutes ago via web
RT @timmcsorley: reports protesters broke away to head down John St. to fence beaten with shields and batons; have rejoined protest on Queen. #g20report
19 minutes ago via web
RT @nationalpost: Two protest organizers arrested while leaving Allan Gardens tent city http://natpo.st/9srsDn
19 minutes ago via web
RT @journodave: Looks like Toronto is about to get tear gassed. Riot cops masking up now. #G20
20 minutes ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: People pushed back to queen street but they are not afraid. Everyone is united. #g20 #g20report
21 minutes ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: People marched through the first line of cops, met by riot police and police beat people with batons. #g20 #g20report
21 minutes ago via web
@NoLore Hope you’re okay. Get to safety if you need to!
22 minutes ago via web in reply to NoLore
RT @NoLore: Just got beat down by a cop while I was huddled in at speakers corner. Thanks to the folks who dragged me out. I’m fully shaken #g20
23 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: Some riot police at Queen and John are starting to put their gas masks on, CP24 reports. #G20
23 minutes ago via web
RT @abtthecause: RT @NoLore We broke through. Just saw a broken nose. Riot cops are slamming their shields
23 minutes ago via web
RT @liamdevlincasey: Women chanting “Healthcare, childcare, anything but warfare.” #g20
24 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: Police just donned gas masks & what looks like tear gas guns to confront the protesters that are trying to charge down John Street. /SM #G20
24 minutes ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: people are trying to break through at john street. #g20report
24 minutes ago via web
RT @michalhay: Riot police shoving everyone at queen and John #G20 #g20report
24 minutes ago via web
RT @erynwheatley: RT @AntoniaZ: No TTC. No civil liberties. No freedom from illegal searches. It’s almost like Toronto is under arrest 2day. #G20 #policestate
25 minutes ago via web
RT @SimaSaharZerehi: Additional lines of cops forming along south side of Spadina as crowd gathers at Queen & Spadina #g20report #g20
25 minutes ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: East on queen street, rubber bullet cops only at us embassy #g20report
25 minutes ago via web
RT @michalhay: What is this cop armed with? #G20 #g20report #cbcg20 http://tweetphoto.com/29298891
26 minutes ago via web
RT @FancieTweets: Some RCMP are packing MP5 machine guns at the #g20 demo. This not democracy #g20report http://twitpic.com/206umm
26 minutes ago via web
RT @lacymacauley: Dose of Celtic liberation! Bagpiper says he’s piping to inspire ppl to take to streets! #Toronto #G20 #G20report http://twitpic.com/206u9z
27 minutes ago via web
RT @nowtoronto: CEP rep tells me protest is going to try and get to fence to challenge new arrest regs. #g20
27 minutes ago via web
RT @timmcsorley: RT @g20mobilize: Cops with rubber bullet guns everywhere. Almost at queen st #g20report
27 minutes ago via web
RT @NoLore: Lots of people photographing the cops. “How do you sleep at night?” People yell. #g20 #g20report
28 minutes ago via web
RT @timmcsorley: reports that two lines of police – full-geared riot cops, and helmeted bike cops – blocking every road leading to the fence. #g20report
29 minutes ago via web
RT @NoLore: Insane bottleneck forced on crowd to keep ppl well away from the US consulate. #g20 #g20report http://twitpic.com/206u6d
29 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: Nick Aveling on Queen St.: Police block every route southbound, while Black Block members rush to the front of the group at Queen and Soho
30 minutes ago via web
RT @SimaSaharZerehi: As cops with tear gas gun step in protestors chant “we’re not violent how about you?” #g20report #g20 http://twitpic.com/206t3w
30 minutes ago via web
RT @RBird1010: Officers in riot gear block Spadina, south of Queen http://twitpic.com/206t1z
31 minutes ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: #G20 @g20mobilize release says 20 cops busted into a TO home, dragging & kicking people from beds at 4:45 a.m. No warrants. #OntarioValues
32 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: Riot police with shields lined up on Richmond across University. Police on bikes hold up protest on Queen and University to create a buffer
33 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Lots of new photos and video up at http://rabble.ca/issues/g8-g20 #g20report #g8g20 #cbcg20 #g8 #g20
33 minutes ago via web
“Hey ho! G20′s gotta go!!! X-( (angry) http://plurk.com/p/60ks1p
36 minutes ago via API
G20 and Gay Pride today. Gay Pride is eerily quiet. Guess people are at home or at the protests. I knew I’d be… http://plurk.com/p/60krue
37 minutes ago via API
RT @rabbleca: Second wave diverting as well. Riot cops are set up south of Queen @yeeguan #g20 http://tweetphoto.com/29294983
40 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: First wave of protesters diverted west on Queen from uni. http://tweetphoto.com/29294356
41 minutes ago via web
RT @CP24: #TTC subway south of Bloor on University and Yonge lines shutting down. No shuttle bus service. #ttcu
42 minutes ago via web
RT @Ella_Henry: Police shut down emergency room entrance #g20 http://twitpic.com/206kvn
43 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: About 30 cops are guarding the US embassy. http://tweetphoto.com/29292630
43 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: What’s going on right now, at Queen’s Park, at the fence, at Eastern Avenue: http://bit.ly/dhC8RK #G20
44 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: CP24 reports that two protesters have been arrested, armed with what police say are incendiary devices #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Photo blog: Toronto communities oppose G20 http://bit.ly/9Y7uvO
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @theonetruegigi: Ode to the #G20 with photos (his formatting is wonky – don’t look at me!) http://cot.ag/9l7xrN #toronto

Other updates can be found on Torontoist.com G20 Live.

I am greatly concerned about the arrests made this morning when police entered someone’s home without a warrant – see “G20 house raids, arrests” and “G20: Protesters allege police illegally arrested organizers” This is exactly what I feared would happen due to Ont. Reg. 233/10. I have already looked and examined Ont. Reg. 233/10 and the PWPA as mentioned in my previous blog, and I do not see anywhere in the PWPA that the police are allowed to enter anyone’s home without a warrant. Any arrests following the entrance of someone’s home without a proper warrant would therefore be considered illegal. I think the people arrested this morning due to this illegal entrance by the police should look into a Charter challenge like Vasey has done.

“I requested a warrant at least five times from the cop who refused to show me his badge number, to which he said they have every legal right to do what they’re doing and they didn’t have to show us anything,” Tammy Kovich, an activist who was in the raided home, wrote in a press release.

They also allege that police did not allow them to get legal advice. “I went out the front door to get a signal so that I could call for legal advice, and a cop grabbed me and pushed me back towards the house. A minute later, I was on the phone with the G20 legal people, and he grabbed my phone away from me and smashed it onto the front porch,” Renee Henderson, said in a press release.

In a further update “TCMN: At least 4 community organizers currently being held as political prisoners as G20 related police repression continues to increase.”

Okay, breaktime. Need food. Back later.

~~~Cass
Your local blogger
“Hey ho! G20′s got to go!!!” “Hey ho! Harper’s got to go!!!”

Update: Constitutional and Human Rights at the G20

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

I was getting tired as I was writing my blog earlier. Let’s not forget the “fundamental freedoms” given the CCRF:

“2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.”

The UDHR provides in Article 19, “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Most importantly, Article 20(1) of the UDHR provides that “Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.” Peaceful protesters have every right to march and demonstrate against the G20 Summit and to express their opinions. Additionally, journalists have every right to be in the area in order to provide news coverage to the public.

In another Toronto Star article, we are told that Vasey is filing a Charter challenge to the PWPA and its accompanying regulation, Ont. Reg. 233/10. I say, good for him! Another issue with the PWPA is the assumption of guilt of anyone near the G20 area. When did “innocent until proven guilty” go away? Article 11 of the UDHR and Section 11 of the CCRF provides for this.

Also, disturbingly, police have arrested a deaf person. Torontoist is posting updates on their “G20 Live” page.

“8:09 PM: Kelli Korducki and Christopher Drost, both in Allan Gardens, are reporting that a large majority of the protesters there are now decamping and marching towards the special G20 detention facility located in the former Toronto Film Studios on Eastern Avenue. Reports indicate that earlier today a deaf man attempted to cross a line of police officers on bicycles, and when he was unable to communicate his intentions effectively to those officers he was knocked to the ground and taken into custody. Protesters are heading down to the detention centre with an interpreter, to try to secure his release.”

“9:13 PM: Christopher Bird and Christopher Drost are now on scene at the Eastern Avenue detention centre where a deaf man who tried to cross a line of police officers is being held. There are approximately thirty protesters present, and the police-to-protester ratio looks to be at least 3:1. The protesters are so far entirely peaceful, and say that they will not leave until they get a lawyer and a certified ASL interpreter on the scene. Saron Gebresellasi, a friend and neighbour of the detained man, has been speaking with the media on behalf of the protesters.”

“11:14 PM: Someone with a megaphone at Allan Gardens has just announced that the deaf person being held at the Eastern Avenue detention facility has been offered an ASL interpreter, but that this interpreter is a police officer. A contingent is now leaving Allan Gardens to head down to the former Toronto Film Studio site and show their support.”

Hopefully, he’ll get an interpreter soon.

It’s late now and I need some shut-eye. Stay safe everyone!

~~~C

Constitutional and Human Rights at the G20 (re: Ont. Reg. 233/10)

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Toronto Star‘s article, “Just being near the G20 security zone can get you arrested”, has added more fuel to the fire today as it reveals that a new Ontario regulation came in force on June 21, 2010 without adequate notice to the public. The regulation, Ontario Regulation 233/10 (or Ont. Reg. 233/10), was filed on June 14, 2010 and listed on the e-laws site on June 16, 2010. (It won’t be published in the Ontario Gazette until July 3, 2010, after it is revoked.) This regulation makes use of the Ontario Public Works Protection Act (PWPA) as a way to give more power and authority to not only official police forces, but also anyone who is a “guard” of a public work. (“Guard” as defined in the Act “means a guard appointed under” the PWPA.) While the PWPA is not a new Act, it is the sly way that the regulation was put in place that has given people cause to worry that the powers as defined in the PWPA may be taken too far or, for that matter, may be unconstitutional to begin with. The regulation was not passed in provincial legislature, but was rather passed as an “order in council” only on June 2, 2010. This new temporary regulation (temporary as it will be revoked on June 28, 2010) was brought to media’s attention following the arrest of Dave Vasey who clearly did not know that a regulation was passed in accordance with the PWPA.

For clarification, here’s how the regulation and the PWPA work together. Ont. Reg. 233/10 details the area that is being considered a “public work”, the two five-meter areas enclosing it, and a driveway area. As is typical with every Ontario Act, the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make any regulations pertaining to that Act. Under the PWPA, a “public work” includes “any other building, place or work designated a public work by the Lieutenant Governor in Council”. The PWPA states that “Every person appointed as a guard under this section has for the purposes of this Act the powers of a peace officer.” (Section 2, subsection 2) This is worrisome as now you suddenly have security guards with the full powers of a police officer, without the actual (extensive? debatable according to some opinions) training a police officer may have undergone.

The most troubling sections of the PWPA are Section 3 “Powers of guard or peace officer” and Section 5 “Refusal to obey guard, etc” and “Arrest”.

Section 3 “Powers of guard or peace officer” says,
“A guard of peace officer,
(a) may require any person entering or attempting to enter any public work or any approach thereto to furnish his or her name and address, to identify himself or herself and to state the purpose for which he or she desires to enter the public work, in writing or otherwise;
(b) may search, without warrant, any person entering or attempting to enter a public work or a vehicle in the charge or under the control of any such person or which has recently been or is suspected of having been in the charge or under the control of any such person or in which any such person is a passenger; and
(c) may refuse permission to any person to enter a public work and use such force as is necessary to prevent any such person from so entering.”

Section 5(1) “Refusal to obey guard” says,
“Every person who neglects or refuses to comply with a request or direction made under this Act by a guard or peace officer, and every person found upon a public work or any approach thereto without lawful authority, the proof whereof lies on him or her, is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $500 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than two months, or to both.”

While Section 5(2) “Arrest” further underlines,
“A guard or peace officer may arrest, without warrant, any person who neglects or refuses to comply with a request or direction of a guard or peace officer, or who is found upon or attempting to enter a public work without lawful authority.”

I personally feel that these sections, as outlined above, being used as a way to provide further security to an area by temporarily marking the area as a “public work” brings up some human rights concerns and should be consider unconstitutional and contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (CCRF). Let’s examine each section in turn.

Section 3(a) requires people to provide “his or her name and address, to identify himself or herself and to state the purpose for which he or she desires to enter the public work”. Understand that public works are generally government buildings which are permanent structures and which are clearly marked as such, but in this case, without adequate notice to the general populace we have an area marked as a “public work” where people must now have to provide identification. Normally, because a public work is clearly marked and the general populace has over time gotten to know that it is a public work, Section 3(a) does not pose a problem. However, we have an area temporarily marked as a public work and we suddenly do not have the freedom to wander even outside in that general area without being stopped and asked to provide identification or being required to answer any other questions from police or security guards. I find this contrary to Section 7 of the CCRF regarding “Life, liberty, and security of person” which states “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.” In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), for which Canada is a party state to, Article 3 also reads “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”

Section 3(b) gives guards the right to “search, without warrant, any person entering or attempting to enter a public work” which means that we cannot go into this temporarily marked “public work” area without fear of being searched. This is contrary Section 8 of the CCRF “Search or seizure” which states “Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure.” Section 3(b) makes it all too easy for guards to be unreasonable in wanting to search people. They may want to search someone at random with no due cause or reason to suspect the person of any wrongdoing making it an “unreasonable search”. Note that Section 3(b) also applies to a vehicle or vehicles a person who is wanting to enter the public work may be in charge or under control of and also any vehicle that person “is suspected of having been in the charge or under the control of”. It also applies to any vehicle in which that person is/was a passenger.

Section 3(c) is, in my opinion, badly written and should have included the word “reasonable” in front of “force” so that it reads “use such reasonable force as is necessary to prevent…” Without the word “reasonable” inserted, Section 3(c) gives guards to the public work too much authority and leeway to use as much force as they wish in order to refuse someone entrance to the public work, as long as they can say it was “necessary”. This can easily lead to police brutality, which is a human rights issue. In the UDHR, Article 5 states “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” The CCRF under Section 12 “Treatment or punishment” also says, “Everyone has the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.” Simply put, guards and police do not have the right to beat any peaceful protesters in order to prevent them from entering a public work. To do so is unconstitutional and, more seriously, a human rights offence.

Section 5 of the PWPA is what gave authority for the police officer to arrest Dave Vasey. According to the Toronto Star article on his arrest (linked above):

Vasey was arrested Thursday afternoon while exploring the G20 perimeter with his friend, Cameron Fenton. He said they were just “walking around” when they were stopped by police at York St. and Bremner Blvd.

“The officer told me, ‘I am going to have to place you under arrest if you don’t show your identification,’ and I replied ‘I’m not comfortable with that.’”

Vasey said he had been provided with legal information prior to the G20 from the Toronto Community Mobilization Network, an umbrella group supporting thousands of protesters descending on the city.

“But (police) told me there was this bylaw,” he said. “I didn’t know what they were talking about.”

Vasey was held under the Public Works Protection Act and charged with refusing to comply with a request of a peace officer. His bail lawyer, Howard Morton, said that, as far as he knows, Vasey is the first to be arrested under the new regulation.

Vasey was released sometime later, around 9 p.m. and commented that he only learned of the regulation after his release. The Toronto Star notes that the Summit’s Security Unit did not respond to inteview requests.

The issue I have with Section 5 is the same as I explained for Section 3(a). It’s simply the fact that there was no adequate notice given about this temporary regulation (short notice can be proven to be inadequate notice in some cases, and I think it should be considered inadequate notice in this case). Protesters were actually given legal advice leading up to the G20, but none of the legal advisors knew about this regulation so no protesters were given the warning ahead of time of the requirement to have identification with them, even for just walking around the perimeter of the G20 area. Considering that the regulation was only published on e-laws on June 16, 2010 and went into force only five days later on June 21, 2010, proper notice to the public should have been made via mainstream and popular media. I can’t seriously believe it would have been too hard to have made a press release, which would have then quickly made its way known to the public via instant online communication sites such as Twitter.

I should point out here that Section 5(1) of the PWPA is like Section 3(a) in that it may have been written for the purpose of protecting government buildings that people may want to break into. Like I mentioned, government buildings are permanent structures and clearly marked or at least over time are known to be public works by the general populace. Generally, no one would be found on a public work without lawful authority unless they were trying to break into it. Obviously, entering a public work when it is open (such as a driver’s licensing office) is not an offence. Section 5(1) says that anyone unlawfully entering a public work “is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $500 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than two months, or to both.”

Section 5(2) is straightforward and is typically found in regulations when they need to give proper authority for making arrests. Again, I reiterate that the problem here isn’t the section itself since it was likely meant as a way to protect government buildings, but rather the fact that it’s being used as a way to provide more authority to guards and police officers by simply designated an area, which used to be free for people to walk in, as a “public work”. This may lead to arbitrary arrests and detention of civilians, a human rights offence and also unconstitutional. Article 9 of the UDHR states, “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.” Section 9 of the CCRF “Detention or imprisonment” states too, “Everyone has the right not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned.”

To sum up, here’s where the problem lies as I see it. The PWPA should not be used to temporarily and on short notice declare an area as a “public work”, effectively declaring it off-limits to the general populace. Doing so has to the questioning of the constitutionality of the PWPA and whether or not it can lead to human rights violations. Measures should be put in place to prevent the passing of any regulation on short notice. Regulations for the PWPA should be passed through Legislature (Provincial Parliament) and not simply by an “order in council”. Apparently, I’m not the only one questioning how this regulation got passed, the due process of notification, the constitutionality of it, and that it may be a human rights concern. From the first Toronto Star article linked above:

“It’s just unbelievable you would have this kind of abuse of power where the cabinet can create this offence without having it debated in the Legislature,” said Howard Morton, the lawyer representing Dave Vasey, who was arrested Thursday under the sweeping new police powers.

“It was just done surreptitiously, like a mushroom growing under a rock at night.”

[Nathalie] Des Rosiers is a lawyer with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, which has been working to monitor arrests during the summit. “This is highly unusual to have this declaration done by order-in-council without many people knowing about it.”

According to Vasey’s lawyer, neither he nor his colleagues at the law union were aware of this draconian new regulation. Des Rosiers said the CCLA and protesters have met with summit officials on several occasions and the regulation was never mentioned.

“They don’t even have signs up saying you can’t be within five metres or you’re subject to the following,” Morton said. “If they really wanted to keep the peace, they would have announced the regulation.”

Morton said he’s unaware of any precedents to such a regulation being passed in Ontario and questions if it is even constitutional.

Des Rosiers said the regulation runs contrary to the Charter of Rights because it prohibits people from generally circulating on public land.

The G20 security fence has been a magnet for passersby and protesters alike, with many people approaching to take pictures or just quench their curiosity.

For Des Rosiers, she is especially worried because most people, including protesters, will operate under the assumption they have a right to refuse handing over identification to police.

“Protesters would have been told that the law of the land is that you don’t have to talk to police officers if you don’t want to,” she said. “This changes things because even if you attempt to approach, it gives the power to the guard to demand identification.

“It’s a significant intrusion on people’s rights.”

Rabble.ca writer, Krystalline Kraus, has quickly put up an article, “G8/G20 Communique: New powers of arrest for police” providing some information and advice for protesters in consideration of this new regulation.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
– According to the new regulation, “guards” appointed under the act can arrest anyone who, in specific areas, comes within five metres of the security zone.
–Within those areas, police can demand identification from anyone coming within five metres of the fence perimeter and search them. If they refuse, they face arrest. Anyone convicted under the regulation could also face up to two months in jail or a $500 maximum fine.
[Cass' note: You may actually be fined AND face up to two months in jail according to Section 5(1) of the PWPA. Additionally, as mentioned above, the police may use force to prevent you from entering the area.]

So please: don’t go anywhere alone; ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH A BUDDY

Please, try to not let this news panic – empower yourself with as much information as you can.
And don’t isolate yourselves – talk to other activists about how you feel about these new draconian police powers and plan among your friends or affinity group how you guys want to move forward.

Below, I have provided a map of the general area described as in Schedule 1 of Ontario Regulation 233/10. Where it is unclear what the line is between two markers, please read the descriptions with the markers. It was hard to determine where some points are supposed to be on the map, but with the actual descriptions from the regulation, it should help.


View G20 Perimeter in a larger map

Please, stay safe. Don’t wander around by yourself. Stay informed. Know your rights – and keep it peaceful. If it turns violent, please leave the scene. Get out of the area and contact someone you trust.

~~~C
Your local blogger

Human Rights for Iran – Global Day of Action (also Abolish the Death Penalty Campaign)

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

“It all started with a girl.”1 I read that in a comic book before, but here I am referring to a real girl, not a fictional character.

This girl’s name was Neda Agha-Soltan, who was killed almost a year ago in Iran while watching a peaceful protest. Neda’s death was captured on video and in the days immediately following, the video was shown around the world. Since then, she has become a powerful symbol for those wanting and promoting change in Iran. Significantly, her name Neda means “voice” in Farsi or Persian. Even today, it appears the regime in Iran is afraid of her symbolic memory as they have desecrated her grave on more than a few occasions. (See “Neda Agha-Soltan: ‘She is dead but regime is still afraid of her’“, which also has a video documentary of her.)

June 12, 2009 was the date of Iran’s 10th presidential election, the results of which was being protested on June 20, 2009 – the day Neda Agha-Soltan was shot and killed. Others were killed along with Neda, though the number of confirmed casualties is in dispute. Others who were not killed were held captive, and to this day many are still being held prisoners. These prisoners are called “prisoners of conscience“, a term coined by Amnesty International (Amnesty or AI) in the 1960s. “Prisoners of conscience” refers to “those who have been imprisoned and/or persecuted for the non-violent expression of their conscientiously-held beliefs.” (Ref: Wikipedia article. See above link.)

Today is the anniversary of Iran’s 10th presidential election, which led up to the Iranian election protests and to the untimely death of Neda. Amnesty declared today a “Global Day of Action” and along with other organizations held a protest/rally in Toronto. Following are some photos I took while dropping by Queen’s Park to check out the rally:

“June 12: Oppose Torture, Unjust Imprisonment, and Execution in Iran!”


Rainy day, but that didn’t stop these people from coming out.


Nor these.


You can see a picture of Neda in the background, above the big sign with Persian on it and next to “No to Islamic Republic of Iran”.


More people staying the course on a rainy day. Life could much worse than getting soaked by rainwater.


The big sign on the left says “Secular Democracy. Human rights. Freedom. Justice for Iran.” Above it is a bigger picture of Neda.


T-shirts for an important life or death cause.


“Jafar Kazemi. Sentence: Execution. Crime: Protesting.”


Lots of signs.


And more.


Large sign obscured by people: “Change for Iran. Human Rights for Iran.”


One last shot. Large photo of Neda. The black sign with the noose says, “Stop Execution.” The white sign in the middle says, “Human Rights Council Condemn Widespread HR Violation in IRAN.”

If you believe in peace and freedom for all, please consider signing Amnesty’s petition and help free Iran’s prisoners of conscience – Release Iranian prisoners of conscience.

“Neda” video by The Airborne Toxic Event

For more about Neda and how else to help human rights in Iran (and elsewhere), please see “Neda Speaks”.

~~~C
Your local human rights blogger,
“I am Neda”

Notes:

1. Angel: After the Fall (volume one)

Tasers and Human Rights – Follow Up

Friday, June 11th, 2010

This is a follow-up to my blog post from 2008, Tasers and Humans Rights.

Tasers in Canada

In its 2007 World Report, Amnesty International (Amnesty or AI) reported that there were 15 Taser-related deaths in Canada since April 2003. (The report covers the year 2006.)

In the 2009 World Report, there were at least four more Taser-related deaths in Canada bringing the total to 19 since April 2003. This report included Polish immigrant, Robert Dziekanski, who died after being stunned with a taser by the RCMP at Vancouver International Airport (as mentioned in my “Tasers and Human Rights” blog post linked above). His death was number 17.

The 2009 World Report by Amnesty cited six more Taser-related deaths bringing the total to 25 since April 2003.

In July 2009, AI reiterated its call for restrictions on Taser use. This public statement indicates that there were a total of 26 Taser-related deaths since April 2003. Amnesty in this public statement shares the findings from the Braidwood report (which is a report of the investigation into the death of Polish immigrant, Robert Dziekanski):

“After reviewing evidence from a wide range of sources, including research studies and experts in cardiology and electrophysiology, Justice Braidwood concluded that “conducted energy weapons” (CEWs) such as Tasers had the potential to fatally disturb the heart rhythm, even in healthy individuals, particularly when the CEW probes were placed across the chest.

He found that the risk of dangerous arrhythmias increased in people who had cardiovascular disease; whose heart was already stimulated through intense pain or stress; who were “thin” with “smaller skin-to-heart distance”; wore heart pacemakers; or were subjected to repeated shocks.

The report recommended that the threshold for using CEWs should be raised from “active resistance” (the most common threat level at which it was deployed by police in B.C.) to cases where individuals presented a bodily threat – and only when less extreme measures had been exhausted or were ineffective. It also recommended that all officers deploying Tasers should carry defibrillators (electrical devices used to restore normal heart beat) and should generally limit any CEW use to one five-second shock.

Amnesty International considers that the Braidwood findings are particularly significant as the potential and theoretical health risks described in the report appear to be demonstrated in actual death cases.

The findings reflect many of the concerns raised by Amnesty International in its recent study of deaths following Taser use in the USA. In a report published in December 2008, Less than Lethal? The use of Stun Weapons in US Law Enforcement, Amnesty International reviewed scores of deaths since 2001 and found they raised serious concern about safety and reliability of such weapons.

Many of the individuals who died were subjected to prolonged or repeated shocks, and in a significant proportion of the fatalities the deceased had heart disease or were shocked in the chest.

Most of the 334 fatalities in Amnesty International’s study involved people who were disturbed or intoxicated; however, in some cases, the deceased had no drugs in their system or underlying health problems but collapsed shortly after being shocked.

A further concern is that most of the individuals in Amnesty International’s study did not appear to present a serious threat when they were shocked with Tasers; 90% were unarmed.
Based on the potential health risks linked to such weapons and their potential for abuse, Amnesty International continues to call on governments and law enforcement authorities to either suspend their use or limit the deployment of Tasers to life-threatening situations.”

AI released its 2010 World report at the end of May this year. It states that there was at least one Taser-related death in Canada bringing the total to 26 (this is same number reported in AI’s July 2009 public statement reiterating its call for restrictions on Taser use; thus, it seems no more deaths have occurred since the Braidwood report). According to the 2010 World Report, in February, the RCMP revised its policy on Tasers and limited their use to situations where there is a “threat to public or officer safety”. There was public inquiry in British Columbia into the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski (the Braidwood inquiry mentioned above). The provincial government accepted all the recommendations outlined in the inquiry’s July interim report, one of which is raising the threshold for police use of Tasers from the standard of “active resistance” to “causing bodily harm”. This means that the Taser should not be used on someone for simply resisting arrest, but rather that the person’s actions must be physically hurting someone before the Taser could be used. Finally, in October, the RCMP and other Canadian police forces adopted directives that officers “should not aim Tasers at the chests of individuals.”

Although there was one Taser-related death in 2009, hopefully the changes made during the past year will prevent any further deaths related to having been stunned by a Taser.

Tasers in other countries

We still have a long way to go in preventing Taser-related deaths in other countries, notably the U.S. As of July 2009, “More than 360 similar deaths have been reported in the USA since 2001.” Additionally, the Taser X3 is a concern of AI as it allows officers to discharge three consecutive shots without needing to reload the cartridge. Amnesty writes, “Although current models, such as the Taser X26, allow officers to inflict repeated shocks by pressing the trigger once the Taser probes are attached to the subject, officers have to reload the cartridge to fire a second set of probes. This provides a built-in break on multiple discharges of the probes and allows officers to stop to evaluate the situation, as required by a growing number of law enforcement policies.”

In AI’s 2010 report on the U.S., there were at least 47 Taser-related deaths, bringing the total to more than 390 Taser-related deaths in the U.S. since 2001. Some of those killed were teenagers. From AI’s 2009 report on the U.S:

“Seventeen-year-old Darryl Turner died in March when he was shocked after an argument in the store where he worked in North Carolina. A video-tape showed a police officer firing Taser darts into Darryl Turner’s chest as the unarmed teenager stood with his arms by his side. The officer held the trigger down for 37 seconds and shocked him again after he had collapsed on the floor. Darryl Turner died at the scene. The coroner ruled the cause of death to be a fatal disturbance of the heart rhythm due to stress and the Taser shocks. The officer received a five-day suspension from duty.”

and also from the 2010 report:

“Fifteen-year-old Brett Elder, died in Bay City, Michigan, in March, after being shocked by officers responding to reports of unruly behavior at a party. The coroner ruled that the boy, who was of small stature [emphasis added], died from alcohol-induced excited delerium, with the Taser shocks a contributory factor.”

Most recently, following the death of a Mexican migrate after being Tasered by Customs and Border Control police, AI is calling for a full, impartial investigation into the death as well as for the US Customs and Border Protection Agency to “either suspend using Tasers or limit their use to situations where officers are faced with an immediate threat of death or serious injury that cannot be contained through lesser means.” (The same recommendations given in the Braidwood report from Canada.)

To sum up: In the U.S. alone, 390 people have died from Taser-related incidents. Some of them were teenagers. When is law enforcement going to finally admit that Tasers are lethal and deadly and that they are being improperly use? Apparently, not until the public decided to use them. See “Drive-Thru Taser Incident At Wendy’s“. The women involved were charged with “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony”. And law enforcement spent the past few years claiming Tasers weren’t dangerous?? Clearly, the issue of Taser use needs to be straightened out in the U.S. – and soon.

~~~C