Sunday, June 27, 2010

G20 Summit - Toronto Protests Part III

After hearing about the 2 squad cars being set on fire in the heart of Toronto's financial district, I ran over to Bay and King. Along the way, I saw smashed stores, vandalized banks, broken glass everywhere - things were getting ugly. A riot squad had formed a line at the intersection, blocking the large crowd as two police tow trucks came to remove the charred remains of the squad cars. A cheer rose as the cars were towed, with one scraping its rear bumper along the pavement. The police were definitely on edge here - one officer repeatedly yelled Stay back! as the men advanced, with a few shoving protestors with their shields. CNN was on-site, as well as a few Japanese reporters and a local journalist as well, reporting on her phone. Protestors made light of the situation, joking to police that they were Being very naughty and It is time to commence the New World Order. The entire financial district was slowly being shut down, and as I continued east, all the streets going southbound were blocked. They were taking no chances of the crowd getting anywhere near the fence. The horseback police were leaving a trail of horse manure - one hooligan tossed it at the police line from well back of the crowd, eliciting shouts to Stop it! For the most part, the crowd was well-humoured, and peaceful. No major altercations, as the cowards who caused all the trouble had long ago fled back into the sewers.

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