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| July 9, 2010

'State of Emergency' video calls for G20 public inquiry

Video slideshow, "State of Emergency," features photos from the Toronto streets during G20 protests and calls for a public inquiry to review police conduct. Lyrics by B.C.-based DJ YukMC.

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| July 8, 2010

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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