O Canada! Crowd singing our national anthem charged by police
A sad day for Toronto, and a sad day for Canada.
The crowd sings O Canada, and as best as you can casually tell, gets viciously attacked for possibly ignoring a challenge to move back, instead sitting down in the face of what soon turned into a full-on assault charge by the riot line.
Video of the peaceful G20 protest at Queen & Spadina is by Meghann Millard on Vimeo.
Seriously, what is up with this?
Very good eye-witness commentary here - just go read it here.
One of my favourite quotes, which drags the blog barely back "on topic":
Nobody near the police line was chanting. There was only one sign I
saw, and I couldn't make sense of it. I honestly think it might have
been offering accounting services. Periodically someone would yell,
"This is a peaceful protest." Often someone would answer back, "Who's
protesting?" Everybody was just staring, as though wondering if there
was anything more to the G20.
Absolutely nothing was
happening. What we were seeing was riot tourists. People had just come
by to gawk, an excercise in people-watching typical of a Sunday
afternoon on Queen Street West. A strange Kevlar twist on the typical
weekend fashion parade.
I would like to know more about those accounting services.
There's a rather hefty list of violations of Canadian human rights which got trampled on this weekend.