Monday, June 28, 2010

G20 Summit - Toronto Protests Part V

The police presence on Saturday was enormous. I've never seen so many uniforms, ever. There were officers from all over the country, and as the day wore on, the police began getting more and more aggressive. Pretty soon, they were forcefully clearing the streets, hammering their batons against those plexiglass shields and chanting Move! Move! Move! Move! Not something I ever expected to see in Toronto. And certainly never imagined University Avenue to be utterly empty. Fortress Toronto indeed.

So, what was accomplished? The peaceful protests provided an opportunity for a few losers to act out, ruining what was otherwise a positive exercising of democratic rights. It's a shame - I'm sad to see so many businesses suffer because a few jackasses thought that they were making a point by smashing windows and spraying graffiti. As I walked north on Yonge up to Bloor, I saw smashed storefronts everywhere. Did they really not anticipate this kind of vandalism, inevitable among inner-city scum who fancy themselves as activists? Since when did wanton destruction pass for activism? You want anarchy? Go to Somalia, I'm sure you'll be thrilled to be some pirate warlord's man-bitch.

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