G8/G20 Protests

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    Violent Black Bloc tactics on display at G20 protest - thestar.com

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/opinion/violence-by-a-few-mars-peaceful-protest-by-many/article1619924/

    I live in Toronto, and I was pretty surprised today to hear about the violent protests in downtown. Apparently, a lot of the stores at the familiar Eaton Centre have been destroyed.

    I was just watching on TV a live coverage of the events. A massive force of riot police were guarding the Queen's Park area, and it was pretty interesting to watch them holding back the crowd and occasionally doing "raids" to arrest so-called "leaders and troublemakers". Several such arrests were shown on the live coverage. It was very interesting how the police conducted such arrests: a "snatch squad" of officers in riot gear but wearing shorts (for running, apparently) would rush into the crowd and take down the target. The rest of the riot police would then advance in formation until they cover the "snatch squad" and guard them while the arrested person is hauled off.

    There is also a squad of mounted police that would occasionally ride toward the crowd in order to disperse them. This really reminded me of ancient battles where you'd have a phalanx supported by cavalry.

    I also couldn't help but notice that almost all news reports covering the protest would blame the violence on "a few" bad apples (namely, the Black Block). This really reminded me of the way CCTV reported on the Lhasa riots.
     
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    Here are some photos of the disturbances in Toronto.:(

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    More photos from Toronto.

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    Bunch of wusses!! :rofl:

    If you want a real riot, hold the summit in South Korea. I have always been impressed with the South Korean protesters formation petrol bombing techniques, flying mass martial arts attacks, home made flame throwers etc.

    I think if your average Western Police force had to come against these guys they wouldn't know what had hit them!
     
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    It's kinda b.s. when China subdues rioters for public safety it's called oppression. But anytime in the western world rioters in the west are just considered malcontent premmadonnas or fringe groups.

    Don't get me wrong I support free protest. But when protesters become violent they lose their moral high ground(if they have one) and public safety and property must be protected. But then again I think 9 out of 10 protest events are made up of whinny premadonnas that complain anytime they don't get their way.
     
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    It's really ridiculous how Canada is handling this. Yes, in a democracy, you have the right to protest. However, when the police is preparing for the protests with an army of riot police, tear gas, and water cannons, wouldn't it have been better and safer to simply outlaw protests on that week? Or, if you must allow protests, designate specific areas where protests are allowed and nowhere else.

    Of course, the best way would've been to NOT hold the summit in a large city like Toronto. I'm pretty sure the situation would've been much more manageable in Huntsville, for example.

    The real kicker to this is that the federal government has said they will not compensate store owners for damages caused by protesters.
     
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    In post #2, I notice a guy in a mask was taking (robbing) things from a smashed cellphone shop. I supposed things like this only happen in countries like Cambodia or Iraq only.
     
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    Why not save everyone a heap of money and just video conference call using Skype::D
     
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    Not realy their was a large amount of looting during the LA riots in the 1990's.

    Stuff like Skype cant be secured and they want privacy while discussing how to address/Cause the worlds problems.

    The rational for keeping the meeting secret is so the members can supposedly speak freely with out threat of retaliation from the public, and this is why many hate thees meetings other than the hole globalization thing.
     
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    Probably a lot of the protesters/conspiracy freaks are concerned about a "New world order" :D.
     
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