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Naomi Klein to police: 'Don't play public relations, do your goddamned job!'

After the widely condemned police brutality during the G20 Summit in Toronto, crowds gathered for a protest in front of Police Headquarters in Toronto on Monday, June 28, 2010. Naomi Klein spoke to them there.
Crowds gathered to protest G20 police behaviour in front of police headquarters in Toronto on Monday, June 28.

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Naomi Klein to police: 'Don't play public relations, do your goddamned job!'

After the widely condemned police brutality during the G20 Summit in Toronto, crowds gathered for a protest in front of Police Headquarters in Toronto on Monday, June 28, 2010. There, Naomi Klein tore into the Toronto Police for choosing to "play public relations" instead of doing their job.

Filmed by Tor Sandberg.

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Watch: Judy Rebick reminds us why protest is powerful and necessary

After the widely condemned police brutality during the G20 Summit in Toronto, crowds gathered for a protest in front of Police Headquarters in Toronto on Monday, June 28, 2010. There, Judy Rebick gave a brief history of protest in Canada and reminded us why it is important.

(Please forgive the poor camera framing at some points -- a CBC security/body guard was not playing very nice.)

Filmed by Tor Sandberg.

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'My city feels like a crime scene'

My city feels like a crime scene and the criminals are all melting into the night, fleeing the scene. No, I'm not talking about the kids in black who smashed windows and burned cop cars on Saturday.

I'm talking about the heads of state who, on Sunday night, smashed social safety nets and burned good jobs in the middle of a recession. Faced with the effects of a crisis created by the world's wealthiest and most privileged strata, they decided to stick the poorest and most vulnerable people in their countries with the bill.

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June 28, 2010 |
Amnesty International members from across the country expressed their very deep concern that important rights associated with peaceful protest have suffered considerably in Toronto over the weekend.

Young woman tells of freezing, cramped conditions inside G8/20 detention centre

Elena Smith was caught in the mass arrests outside the Novatel building.  Let out at 3 a.m., approximately 28 hours after her arrest, Smith reveals she was never able to call somebody and was subjected to cramped and freezing conditions inside.

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Hair-raising footage of police charging peaceful protesters singing 'Oh Canada'

After the crowd stops to sing "Oh Canada" during a a peaceful G20 protest at Queen and Spadina, Toronto police charge.

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Watch: Union president Dave Coles lays down the line to police

June 26th 2010, 25,000 people march peacefully through the streets of Toronto. Any attempt to march closer to the fence and red zone is blocked by police. Dave Coles, president of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union, warns police not to move on peaceful protesters.

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What big media ignored: 25,000 peacefully demonstrate against G20 policies in Toronto

What the media ignored: 25,000 peacefully demonstrate against G20 policies and the Harper government in Toronto

Unlike what you have likely seen on CBC or CTV, this is what the majority of activists were doing on Saturday in Toronto.

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

This is what a rubber bullet wound looks like. Photo: Yee Guan Wong.
Police waited over 30 minutes, until major damage had been done to property. I have been in demonstrations in Canada, the U.S., Europe and South America, I have never seen such a dereliction of duty.

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