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

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
about 2 hours ago via API
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
about 2 hours ago via API
shares http://bit.ly/95LaKu (G20 Protests and Human Rights; Amnesty International Canada Calls for an Independ… http://plurk.com/p/61hj1s
about 2 hours ago via API
G20 Protests and Human Rights; Amnesty International Canada Calls for an Independent Review into G20 Security… http://tumblr.com/x3icbev9t
about 2 hours ago via Tumblr
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
about 4 hours ago via API
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
about 7 hours ago via API
… “should include opportunities for public input and the results should be released to the public.” http://plurk.com/p/61ccti
about 7 hours ago via API
… “an independent review of the security measures that were put in place for the G8 and G20 Summits” which … http://plurk.com/p/61ccpd
about 7 hours ago via API
That last link was to Amnesty International Canada’s blog. They are calling for… http://plurk.com/p/61cc7u
about 7 hours ago via API
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
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