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G8/G20 Communique: Take that, Officer Bubbles!

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Saturday's Civil Liberties rally in Toronto on Saturday July 17, 2010 was all about calling for a G20 police inquiry and the right to blow bubbles.

300 people gathered at Queen's Park for the afternoon to listen to music and hear why Canadians should be demanding a public inquiry into G20 Summit policing.

The music festival at Queen's Park was organized by Canadians Advocating Political Participation (CAPP) and featured speakers like Judy Rebick.

There was also a short play by Clay and Paper Theatre

The play included a police officer chasing two black boxes around Queen's Park. You can see the photos here. [Note: Clay and Paper Theatre will be performing in Toronto at Dufferin Grove Park, Wednesday to Sunday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please see its website for more details.]

I don't think I've ever seen so many bubbles in one place as the wind played with hundreds of them; blowing them into people who mocking yelled: "assault!" and "terrorism!"

A sign read: "Are Bubbles the New Molotov Cocktail?"

Protesters blew bubbles as a sort of shout out against the ridiculous. The ridiculous being Officer Bubbles aka Constable Adam Josephs from 52 Division who tells bubble-blowing activist Courtney Winkels she will be arrested for assault because she is blowing bubbles at him. This exchange occurred during the Summit protests on June 27, 2010, near Queen Street West and Dufferin Street.

Winkles was subsequently arrested by police for having the legal number written on her arm and has been charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

You can watch the now viral video here.

You can also check out the cartoon below. 

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