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G20 capitalism is attacked in the streets of Toronto

On Tuesday, Montreal-based community organizer Jaggi Singh handed himself over to Toronto police custody due to an outstanding warrant for his arrest concerning resistance to the G20 in Toronto.

He will be charged with several serious counts of criminal conspiracy, including alleged conspiracies to commit mischief to property, assault police and obstruct justice. He is currently in custody along with other G20 political prisoners who are awaiting bail hearings.

Others have had their bail refused and Singh's situation is still unclear. He could remain in custody for some time.

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Of my illegal detention (with 899 others) and the G20 protests

G20 protesters at the Novotel before they were arrested, June 26, 2010. Photo: Ben Powless.

Last Thursday was Canada Day. I've never been anything close to patriotically Canadian, as a Mohawk citizen, but this year was a particular sore point.

Days earlier, myself and around 899 others were rounded up and detained in the biggest mass arrest in Canadian history. Many were picked up for simply participating in one of many peaceful demonstrations. Journalists were rounded up. Legal observers too. Many people simply out for a walk ended up getting "kettled" by the police, arbitrary arrest measures that ensure that everyone in a certain zone is detained, guilty or not.

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Did you see these G20 'provocateurs'?

Humberto Da Silva captured three possible 'agent provocateurs' taking part in vandalizing a police cruiser last Saturday at anti-summit protests in Toronto. In the video one person trashes the cruiser with his face in plain view, the second has his jacket completely zipped up to conceal what could be a hand gun, and the third changes the cruiser siren and then parades around with an unlit cigarette asking people in the crowd for a light. Who are these people? 

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Photo: Ariel Estulin
| June 30, 2010

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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