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Newly Released G20 Files Could Prove Embarrassing

Newly Released G20 Files Could Prove Embarrassing

Along with terrorism and rioting, the security forces at the G20 hosted in Toronto in 2010 were to quell anything that may cause embarrassment to the Conservative government. The documents seem to leave it to police to decide what might cause embarrassment.

Apparently the Harper government did not foresee that the embarrassment would come from police actions and government spending decisions.

The newly accessed documents also show that in the planning stages, security forces assumed that there may be threats, but the majority of protests† Ė up to 90 percent Ė would be peaceful. Why then did police react to protesters, passers-by and journalists with excessive force?

A review of police actions during the G20 released by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) found that officers ignored the Charter rights of protesters and acted unlawfully while blindly following orders.

Ontario’s police complaints watchdog has recommended charges of misconduct against 31 officers for their actions during the summit weekend.

Police allowed a group wearing black masks over their faces to take over Toronto’s downtown, smashing windows and vandalizing buildings. The two and a half hour rampage led to the order that officers ‘take back the streets,’ which the OIPRD report found might have been the main cause of the kettling strategy.

Did the police not think violating the civil rights of the protesters and having people around the world watch the kettling incident on June 27 live through social networks might embarrass Canada in front of the ‘great eight?’ Protesters mixed with bystanders and media at the intersection of Queen St. and Spadina Ave. and police began boxing them in at all sides. In the pouring rain, people were pulled out of the crowd randomly, one by one, and taken away. This went on for more than four hours with almost no communcation between the police and the people inside the kettle.

On the government side, the Prime Minister and two of his Ministers, John Baird and Tony Clement, have had to answer for the misspending of $45.7 million in Clement’s riding of Parry SoundĖMuskoka. The riding was to be the original site for the G8 until security concerns prompted officials to move it to Toronto where the G20 was already scheduled.

The money was to be spent on accommodations associated with the summit, but the 32 projects that got funding from the s0-called G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund included a gazebo miles away from the summit site and expansions to a local community center.

A government that misspends in the middle of an economic downturn and allows officers to detain groups of people for hours in the rain with no explanation and no cause? That’s embarrassing.

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1:27PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

June 28, 2010: While world leaders gathered in Toronto for the G20 summit, chaos ensued outside on the streets. An estimated 5,000 to 10,000 people gathered to protest. Although the majority came peacefully, a small but vocal group engaged in Black Bloc tactics, vandalizing and looting stores and setting police cars on fire.
Toronto’s Police Department is under major criticism for how it handled the event, mainly being that they were too lax in the beginning when the chaos was at its worst and then unnecessarily aggressive on Sunday when there was less mayhem. The police began to use tear gas and plastic or rubber bullets in the evening on Saturday despite the fact that by then the number of protestors had significantly gone down....police detained hundreds of protestors and bystanders in an intersection for hours during a heavy rainstorm when they suspected some of the protestors were associated with the Black Bloc.
NOTICE THE DATE. 2010.
THE BLACK BLOC AND THE POLICE ARE WORKING TOGETHER. THE BLACK BLOC CONSISTS OF POLICE AGENTS + CLUELESS YOUNG PEOPLE *WHO DON'T REALIZE THAT THEY ARE WORKING FOR THE POLICE*!!! But, nevertheless, THEY ARE ANYWAY -- THEY ARE CLUELESS DUPES OF THE POLICE AGENTS.
ALWAYS SO, EVERY TIME. AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN.............

3:05PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Save the Planet - vote out all Republicans and Conservatives. They do not require clean air and water to exist. They operate on pure selfishness, greed and hate. This is why they are constantly doing such idiotic things.

8:58AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

While you CAN be stupid for free, we in the US tend to thin $45.7 million is a little low for acting like a bunch of morons.

2:46AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Concervative governments are the perfect illustration of penny wise and pound foolish

9:37PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

thanks.

9:20PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Canada will not be embarrassed, every one of the G8 would do the same. The law is not for the police to uphold, but for them to make up. They watched while masked vandals destroyed businesses and did nothing and attacked people who wouldn't fight back and the gov't remains silent

7:41PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

'excessive force' is the order of the day.

6:36PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Sounds like china

5:10PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Don't know which is worse, the Republicans here in The USA or the Conservatives in Canada. Neither country will get much done until the Conservatives are out of power in Canada and the Republicans out of office here. Thanks for the article Amy

3:20PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Exposing more lies and garbage under the rugs.

Keep shining the light in the dark corners......We will see all the 'stuff' that was hidden for so long.
This is why the internet needs to be open. We can share what is found in the dark....

Remember to vote....keep track of all this garbage and vote to help stop it.

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