On June 15, 2000, an anti-poverty demonstration on the steps of the Ontario Legislature was met with police violence, resulting in what is commonly known as the Queen’s Park Riot

In a protest organized by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), approximately 1,000 demonstrators marched on Queen’s Park that day, calling for a delegation of homeless activists and their allies to be permitted to address the Legislative Assembly.  The request to speak to the legislature was  denied and, in addition to being met with police violence, the ensuing clash led to injuries, arrests, and criminal charges. 

John Clarke, an organizer with OCAP, recounts his experience of these events here.