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The World Is Watching: G20 Media Summary to Date June 28, 2010

Posted by maggieknight in G20.
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* Apologies for the current messiness of this post. I’ll try to clean it up shortly, but I need to put some time in at my paid job… Please feel free to add things I missed in the comments or email me at msdknight [at] gmail.com. Adding new stories and videos as they come to me. Last updated 12:00pm Thursday.*

Many people are still trying to make sense of the reports coming out of the G20, particularly concerning treatment of protesters and detainees. I am not in Toronto, so I am not the best news source, but I have been doing a bunch of media tracking. I can’t promise that this is an unbiased collection of stories – it is simply a collection of images and videos and articles I have found important and evocative and worthy of further thought or inquiry. I hope that this is helpful as many people try to understand what is going on.

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TREATMENT OF PROTESTERS AND DETAINEES

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There are very disturbing reports of conditions in the detention centre (temporary, formerly a film studio).

Two indy journalists report on the conditions: http://lexgill.com/2010/06/28/urgent-conditions-at-629-eastern-ave-illegal-immoral-dangerous/
Craig Kielburger (with CP24 news) interviews a woman just released: http://snardfarker.ning.com/video/g20-detention-center

Amnesty International has called for an inquiry into this weekend’s events: http://www.straight.com/article-331246/vancouver/amnesty-international-calls-review-security-measures-g8-and-g20-summits-ontario

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association “denounces the sweeping arrests at the G20”: http://ccla.org/2010/06/27/ccla-denounces-the-sweeping-arrests-at-g20/ and on Tuesday released an interim report: http://ccla.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/CCLA-G-20-INTERIM-REPORT-A-Breach-of-the-Peace-June-29-2010.pdf

This generally matches up with what friends engaging in peaceful protest as part of the youth climate movement have been telling me. Some of them speak of their experience here: http://torontoist.com/2010/06/g20_eastern_avenue_detention_centre.php

Rabble.ca has a number of videos of interviews with detainees after their release:

Twenty people, ranging from students to mayoral candidates and activists to bystanders, talk about their experience in detention: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summit/article/829921–i-will-not-forget-what-they-have-done-to-me?bn=1

Here McGill student Dana Holtby tells of her experiences in detention: http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/blog/dana-holtby/3948

Here is an anonymous account from two twin sisters who tell of sexual misconduct by police: http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/story/readers-stories-4-detention-conditions/3958

Here is a video from the rally outside Toronto Police HQ on Monday evening, in which people who were detained speak of their experiences:

(If you have trouble understanding the audio, the basics are covered in this article: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/293976)

There are now photos from an official press tour of the Eastern Ave detention centre here: http://www.blogto.com/city/2010/06/inside_the_g20_eastern_avenue_detention_centre/
The report includes the statement “Contrary to published reports we were told that all female prisoners were strip searched by female officers.”  It also states that 700 of the 900 arrested were let go without charge. Here are two of the photos:

I have yet to see any statement by any politicians on this – many on Twitter are saying that the silence is deafening.

There are several videos of police being violent with apparently peaceful protesters. In one of the most poignant, the crowd sings “O Canada”, the police wait until they finish and then charge them:

Here’s the view from inside the crowd:

Here a small group of people are surrounded by cops and people are occasionally violently pulled from the crowd. Police tell them to go home, they say “how? you have us boxed in?”. The cameraman appears to be bleeding from a police officer’s shield hitting his face. http://mynews.ctv.ca/mediadetails/2886697?collection=742

Others can be seen here: http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/video/compilation-videos-about-police-violence/3897

Here is a video of police vastly outnumbering protesters and using “kettling” to move and condense the crowd:

Report of peaceful protesters being arrested outside the Novotel Hotel (where they were staging a peaceful street sit-in), including an audio file report from a friend of mine: http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/audio/police-have-arrested-estimated-100-peaceful-protesters/3854 His photos of the weekend, including this event, are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/powless/sets/72157624260182359/

Here are two chaotic videos. The end of the second video includes text about police brutality at the detention centre:

Police fire “muzzle blast” at protesters rallying outside detention centre (“jail solidarity”) http://www.thestar.com/videozone/829371–police-fire-muzzle-blast-at-protestors

Longer video of jail solidarity rally, including people being grabbed out of the crowd:

CP24 News covered some of the arrests from outside the detention centre:

There are a lot of people reporting “snatch squad” detainments of people, often just off the side of the road and into unmarked cars. This appears to be one such incident:

Eyewitness accounts from union leaders, filmmakers, and a member of the Sierra Youth Coalition: http://rabble.ca/news/2010/06/eyewitness-accounts-police-brutality-and-indiscriminate-arrests

Here is footage of a group being followed down a street by police beating their batons against their shields and occasionally breaking into a run: http://www.opensourcecinema.org/media/g20-1-malchevic-mov

In this video, a woman says mounted police nearly trampled her in her wheelchair and that she was protected by several male protesters:

Here is an account of violence against a No One Is Illegal march: http://openfile.ca/blog/g20-reflections-when-blood-started-flow

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MISTREATMENT OF THE MEDIA

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Criticisms of police have come from media who were eye witnesses and, sometimes, bore the brunt of things or were arrested, often despite showing their g20-accredited media passes. Several of the accounts below are summarized here.

TVO’s Steve Paikin saw a fellow journalist punched in the stomach and elbowed in the back as about 100 peaceful protesters were arrested: http://www.tvo.org/cfmx/tvoorg/theagenda/index.cfm?page_id=3&action=blog&subaction=viewpost&blog_id=43&post_id=12960

Here Steve Paikin talks about those events on Real News:

This journalist, Jesse Rosenfeld, is interviewed here, as is Naomi Klein: http://www.democracynow.org/2010/6/28/journalist_describes_being_beaten_arrested_by

Footage of a Real News journalist’s confrontation with police: 

Two National Post reporters spent the night in detention: http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/06/27/12572/

A CTV producer was also arrested and held for 6 hours: http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100627/g20-arrested-accounts-100627/20100627/?hub=TorontoNewHome

Short clip of riot police yelling at media: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYppd2OsXoE

From Toronto Community Mobilization Network press conference Monday morning with Jesse Rosenfeld, Amy Miller, Adam MacIsaac, and Sharmeen Khan, talking about police use of force against media:

http://www.g20breakdown.com/2010/06/g20-police-repression-press-conference-video/

Adam MacIsaac says a stun device was used on him even though he was screaming that he has a pacemaker, was handcuffed to hospital bed while receiving medical assistance: http://vimeo.com/12924829

Amy Miller says she was told she would be repeatedly raped so she would never want to be a “journalist” again:

A reporter recounts being part of the group held in the pouring rain at Queen and Spadina Sunday night: http://www.eyeweekly.com/city/toronto%20notes/article/95921–g20-diary-my-night-in-torontonamo-bay
A reporter from CityTV was also stuck in this crowd and was detained for about 5.5hrs, including being taken to the Eastern Ave jail: http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/80075–how-i-ended-up-in-a-g20-jail

McGill Daily reporter Stephen Davis was interviewed on CITR News concerning his interactions with police: http://feeds.feedburner.com/citr/pqhm The show also interviewed a Vancouver MP and an activist regarding arrests and detention conditions.

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APPARENTLY ILLEGAL ARRESTS AND SEARCHES

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(I’m no lawyer, so I’d love to hear from someone who can explain to me why this is legal…)

Video of a man dealing with police who want to illegally search his bag as he heads into Queen’s Park for the Saturday rally:

The same police officer who features in the above video was also featured in a report on CBC’s The National: http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/TV_Shows/The_National/ID=1531787739 There is no sign of the above interaction there.

Over 100 people were kept waiting in the rain at Queen/Spadina for over 2 hours, as CP24 reported live and the National Post reports: http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/06/27/panic-outrage-as-police-detain-hundreds-for-hours-in-pouring-rain/
A Globe & Mail reporter was part of the crowd. Her tweets, phone calls (once her phone was dead from the rain), and account afterwards are here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/toronto/caught-in-the-storm-penned-in-at-queen-street/article1621255/

The people were peaceful and many were not even protesters. Police nearly arrested the CTV/CP24 crew and only agreed not to after long discussions and agreeing to leave.

Pre-emptive raids on Friday morning included waking up a veterinarian at gunpoint and later his wife (also a vet) and 6-month-old child because they were the neighbours of G20 protest organizeers:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/06/26/police-booth-raid426.html?ref=rss

http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/06/26/g20-veterinarian-couple-had-home-raided-by-police-in-error-husband-calls-incident-an-abusive-of-power/

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SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCED POLICE VIOLENCE

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—- This message has been spread around social media sites: “People who need support/counselling/resourcesrelating to trauma/sexual abuse/ police violence etc. from this past week can contact peertopeersupportforactivists@gmail.com. We have access to crisis counselling and other resources. Let’s take care of each other!”

—- Legal Support Info: http://www.movementdefence.org/

At time of posting (please verify at the above website or on twitter @MDCLegalUpdates):

Arrest line: 416-273-6761 (write this on your body!)
TTY: 416-531-0060

***If you can’t get through to us and need info about arrestees, call the Duty Counsel office at the courthouse at 2201 Finch Ave. West at 416-597-5890 ext 1 and/or the Prisoner Processing Centre at 416 270 3752.***

—- The Canadian Civil Liberties Association provides info on submitting a G20 incident report or a complaint against the RCMP or other police force here: http://ccla.org/2010/06/28/g20-incident-reports/

—- This website is requesting that people share their G20 stories. http://www.g20inquiry.org/

—- LISTENING –SHARING – DEBRIEFING CIRCLES

Do you need a place to process your experience of the summit protests?

You are invited to attend:
Wednesday June 30th, 7 pm
Or Monday July 5th, 7 pm

Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave. (2 bl. north of Bloor,1 bl. east of St. George)

Our focus will be to create a safe space for sharing feelings and experiences. We will have some sharing from those involved in nonviolent organizing during the summit protests:

Wednesday: Bob Holmes, Christian Peacemaker Teams

Monday: Judy Rebick, author, Transforming Power, Maggie Helwig

We will also hold another session later in July with indigenous speakers.

For info:peaceworks@primus.ca

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MESSAGES THAT GOT LOST

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Of course, we should also remember to watch the messages of the protests and rallies of concerned citizens, including the PeopleFirst rally of about 25,000 on Saturday that were largely eclipsed by images of burning cop cars:

And on Democracy Now! (video by the Vancouver Media Coop): http://www.democracynow.org/2010/6/28/toronto_police_arrest_over_600_in

And from June 17th:

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POIGNANT IMAGES

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You can see photos of the weekend on the Toronto Star’s photo blogs:

http://thestar.blogs.com/photoblog/2010/06/peaceful-beginings-violent-ending-as-g20-protests-grip-toronto.html

http://thestar.blogs.com/photoblog/2010/06/arrests-releases-and-rain.html

And on the BBC’s website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/10427404.stm

These are three of my favourite photos:

Protester offers cop a flower:

Young man holding a vuvuzela and young woman kiss in front of a line of riot cops:

(via Facebook)

At the jail solidarity protest outside Toronto Police HQ on Monday evening:

"Wearing Black Is Not A Crime. (But Plaid Is.)" (via Twitter)

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MAINSTREAM MEDIA’S CRITICISM/DISCUSSION OF POLICE TACTICS

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/opinion/compromised-civil-liberties-the-other-cost-of-g20-security/article1618792/

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summit/article/828876–porter-when-police-stick-to-phony-script

http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/06/26/adam-vaughan-warned-it-was-a-bad-idea/

http://www.torontosun.com/news/columnists/joe_warmington/2010/06/27/14539456.html

http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100628/journalists-arrested-100628/20100628/?hub=TorontoNewHome

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/829917–cabinet-secrecy-opens-door-to-legal-challenge

http://www.lfpress.com/news/g20/2010/06/28/14547166.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/national-civil-liberties-group-demands-accountability/article1622265/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/news/montreal-protest-organizers-accuse-g20-police-of-profiling-against-quebeckers/article1622392/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/toronto/1000-protest-g20-police-tactics/article1622292/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/toronto/police-g20-tactics-give-toronto-a-black-eye/article1622024/

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Video+YouTube+footage+police+behaving+questionably/3214874/story.html

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/black%20democracy/3213726/story.html

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/06/28/g20-gsu.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/adam-radwanski/premier-dad-image-sullied-by-decision-to-curtail-civil-liberties/article1622241/he/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/jun/28/g20-security-bill

http://www.aolnews.com/article/outraged-protesters-blast-g20-police-tactics-in-toronto/19535058

http://www.torontosun.com/comment/2010/06/29/14559101.html

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/06/29/g20-oiprd-reporters-complaint.html

http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/06/30/police-defend-temporary-jail-conditions/

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/disbelief-over-g20-detention-97460229.html

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/police+showed+restraint/3219424/story.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/weapons-seized-in-g20-arrests-not-what-they-seem/article1622761/

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/06/29/g20-toronto-detention-centre.html

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/06/29/civil-liberties029.html

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summit/article/830057–calls-for-g20-inquiry-ratchet-up?bn=1

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/830230–why-inquiry-is-needed

NOT-AS-MAINSTREAM CRITICISM/DISCUSSION

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/judes/2010/06/toronto-burning-or-it

http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/story/erosion-rights-quick-descent/3886

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2010/06/28/G20Protests/

http://backofthebook.ca/2010/06/28/the-g20-were-the-burning-police-cars-bait-cars/3413/

As some of the articles show, there is a bunch of discussion around the burning cop cars, with some questioning why police didn’t do more to prevent the damage caused by protesters using “black bloc” tactics. Here is one video which raises this question:

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/fwilson/2010/06/toronto-and-g20-two-worlds-two-realities

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/06/financiers-back-their-private-jets-while-peaceful-citizens-remain-cages

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POLICE & POLITICAL RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS/CRITICISM

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You can see the story on the queer community protesting Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair’s presence at a Toronto Pride event here, as well as many videos from CTV, including a tour inside the detention centre and Bill Blair’s defense of police tactics: http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100630/blair_pride_party_100630/20100630?hub=Toronto

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/news/police-chief-offers-no-apologies-for-g20-tactics/article1621788/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/mayor-backs-up-police-chief/article1622381/

http://www.cbc.ca/politics/story/2010/06/28/g20-mcguinty-law644.html

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Toronto+gathering+ends+criticism+begins/3214669/story.html

“Iran slams Canada for human rights abuse” http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=132565&sectionid=351020101; http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/06/30/adrian-macnair-iran-condemns-toronto-police-over-g20-yes-iran/

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/06/29/g20-police-review548.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/police-admit-deliberately-misleading-public-on-expanded-security-fence-law/article1622864/?cmpid=rss1

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/weapons-seized-in-g20-arrests-put-on-display/article1622761/

Letter from the Liberals: http://www.liberal.ca/en/newsroom/media-releases/18441_letter-to-the-hon-vic-toews-minister-of-public-safety

Statement from the Ontario NDP: http://ontariondp.com/en/ontario-ndp-statement-on-g20-summit/

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GENERAL STORIES ON ARRESTS, PROTESTS, ISSUES

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http://news.guelphmercury.com/News/article/654019

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summit/article/829559–the-violent-protesters-who-never-were

http://www.thestar.com/article/829904–thousands-stood-up-for-humanity

http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100630/impersonation_g20_officer_100630/20100630/?hub=TorontoNewHome

http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100630/blair_pride_party_100630/20100630?hub=Toronto

http://montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100628/harper-post-summits-interview-100628/20100628/?hub=MontrealHome

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OTHER SOURCES OF INFO

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Alternative Media Centre / Toronto Media Coop: http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/

Rabble: http://rabble.ca/issues/g8-g20

CTV Toronto: http://toronto.ctv.ca/ (lots of videos)

Toronto Star live blogs: http://thestar.blogs.com/g20/

Toronto Star article from two journalists that spent time “inside protester camps”: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summit/article/829210–behind-the-lines-of-demonstrators-at-the-g20-summit

National Post: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/g20/index.html

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Of course this all comes down to “WHAT CAN YOU DO?”

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– I am sure that some of you know people who were detained. I hope you are able to provide some support as needed. As of 11am Tuesday, drivers needed at the courthouse (2201 Finch Ave. West) to shuttle people who are being released and meet other needs – support, food, etc. You can also refer people to the support resources listed above. For updated requests for assistance, try twitter #g20report.

– I am sure others will want to write to their politicians requesting explanations. Addresses of Mayor of Toronto David Miller and his staff (via a friend): dmiller@toronto.ca, mayor_miller@toronto.ca, cphibbs@toronto.ca,
biler@toronto.ca, dwanagas@toronto.ca, jkarwat@toronto.ca, bscott@toronto.ca

– You can help to demand a public inquiry via the Facebook group “Canadians Demanding a Public Inquiry into Toronto G20”: http://www.facebook.com/groups/edit.php?members&gid=135629036463012

– We can hold everyone in our hearts in solidarity, including the many cops who are just decent people trying to do their jobs, possibly with conflicting orders from above. It is from those who abused power or broke the law that we need to seek explanations and accountability.

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Comments»

1. Angela - June 28, 2010

Here’s an eye witness account of the police dropping off their cars on queen street and how confused everyone was by the polices actions:

http://www.publicvalues.ca/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=00727


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