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In the aftermath of the G20 fiasco here last summer, one thing Torontonians agreed on was that such summits should be held in isolated venues -- on military bases, on ocean-going vessels, on melting glaciers -- anywhere but where lots of people reside.
But beyond being upset with the expense and disorder that weekend, many Torontonians (and city council) sided with the police, assuming that the arrest of 1,105 people must have somehow been justified, given the rampage of a small group through the downtown core.
Activist Communique blogger, Krystalline Kraus, live blogs G20 Public Hearings on November 10th and 11th from Toronto.
The CCLA's Penelope Chester will pick up the live blog for the Montreal hearings, on Friday, November 12.
Tune in to our Cover It Live coverage from Montreal below, beginning 9AM EST on Friday, November 12th.
Along with a friend, my partner, and my 30-year-old son, I attended the rally at Queen's Park on Saturday, June 26, 2010 and the subsequent march. I confess to being somewhat fearful about attending, what with all the warnings about expected violence and public safety, but it was exactly because of that fear that I felt I had to attend.
The violence of the mob was considerable, with hooligans smashing windows, looting stores and setting police cars ablaze.
I'm referring, of course, to the hockey riots in Montreal in April 2008, after the Montreal Canadiens' playoff victory over the Boston Bruins.
If you don't remember this thuggery -- or similar Montreal riots last month following another hockey victory -- it's probably because that violence wasn't used as an excuse to justify a massive police clampdown on a city.