G8/G20 Protests


solarz

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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.
That one cracked me up!

Down with capitalism! Oooh, nice phone! LOL
 

pla101prc

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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.
lol where in toronto do you live? i live in scarborough

i thought the media overreacted a lil...its only two cars, they burn several hundred in france every year.

harper must be laughin at this though, he was under so much criticism for the security precautions and these events would definitely make him look like the wise guy.
 

solarz

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lol where in toronto do you live? i live in scarborough

i thought the media overreacted a lil...its only two cars, they burn several hundred in france every year.

harper must be laughin at this though, he was under so much criticism for the security precautions and these events would definitely make him look like the wise guy.
I'm in the Yonge/Finch area.

Yeah, it's only two cars, but come on, it's Toronto.

As for Harper, I blame him for holding the summit in Toronto in the first place. A billion dollars in security, plus who knows how much in damages, when all this could've been avoided had they held both summits in Muskoka in the first place.
 

pla101prc

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I'm in the Yonge/Finch area.

Yeah, it's only two cars, but come on, it's Toronto.

As for Harper, I blame him for holding the summit in Toronto in the first place. A billion dollars in security, plus who knows how much in damages, when all this could've been avoided had they held both summits in Muskoka in the first place.
yonge and finch...so you are one of those richer families eh?

but you should come to scarborough more often, then you'll get used to burning cars and stuff LOL
 

bladerunner

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Shops destroyed in the Eaton shopping Centre Hunh. I remember that place from the mid 80's, are the ducks still there? though I guess the place must have had several makeovers by now.
 

solarz

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yonge and finch...so you are one of those richer families eh?

but you should come to scarborough more often, then you'll get used to burning cars and stuff LOL
Richer? No, I just rent out a room to those rich kids.
 

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