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(en) THE SPOKE Issue 11 MONDAY, JUNE 28-6-2010 THE NEWS PAPER OF THE ANTI - G8/G20 CONVERGENC

Date Mon, 28 Jun 2010 19:48:38 +0300


The TMC's Broadsheet for June 28th by Toronto Media Co-op -- content ---* Jail Solidarity Attacked ----* Civilian Discontent ----* Agents Provocate ----* courtroom harassment by police -- at: http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/sites/mediacoop.ca/files2/mc/thespoke11-web.pdf Jail solidarity action attacked by Toronto police ---- TORONTOâA prisoner solidarity protest in downtown Toronto Sunday faced an unprompted attack by police forces. --- Over 100 people gathered at Jimmie Simpson Park in east Toronto at 10am this morning, moving onto the streets for a high energy protest to support over 500 social justice activists arrested in the past 24 hours, during protests against the Toronto G20 summit. -- As they approached the G20 protest jail Eastern Ave., people began clapping in unison and chanting âFree our Prisoners!â outside the jail gate flanked by armed police.

The protest mood was spirited; one per-
son played rhythms on a guitar while
people chanted along to the music.

Organizers from Toronto Community
Mobilization Network appealed to
people at the intersection to stay calm,
leading solidarity chants for the hun-
dreds of jailed activists on the street.
Quickly and without warning police
lines moved in on the protest. Both
heavily armed riot police and under-
cover agents charged at the people
gathered, trampling over some protesters
who sat on the road chanting.
Police swung batons randomly into the
crowd and pushed the solidarity gath-
ering away from the warehouse jail.
Police also rushed into the crowd, violently
tackling people to the ground, including an
accredited member of the G20 Alternative
Media Centre. Facesss hit the hard
pavement as police in full riot gear
randomly arrested rally participants.
from the police line, some running. As
people ran north, gunshot sounds rang
out, white smoke filled the air and riot
police ran towards the protest swinging
batons.

As G20 leaders meet behind the multi-
layered security perimeter that has
turned downtown Toronto into a for-
tress, the shocking security budget, now
totalling well over $1 billion, illustrates
the chilling face of systematic affront
on public dissent. This is happening in
Toronto as world leaders speak rhetori-
cally about global cooperation.

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Civilian discontent by Gwalgen Geordie Dent

TORONTOâToronto Community
Mobilization Network (TCMN) head-
quarters were locked down by police to-day
when over 50 police officers and six
vehicles blocked all building and stree
entrances and arrested several members
for breach of the peace.

Outcries of public rage met the announcMichael Bryant
According to TCMN member who
was called during during bikelockdown,
police had rounded up a number of peo-
ple congregating outside of the space and
detained them for three hours, threatening
them repeatedly with extreme violence and arrest.
The protesters were shuttled to the
sidewalk and then asked for their ID and questioned.
A number of the protesters were let go while a num-
ber were arrested and removed.

Earlier on in the day, 4 police managed
to enter the TCMN headquarters asking
for information on their lease. The Al-
ternative Media Centre was also
ternative car can be seen on publicinves-
tigated by police today and asked about
their lease.

During the police lockdown, a large
crowd formed on Queen St. near the
police line. The crowd, made up mostly
of residents from Parkdale, the tight-
knit community in which the TCMN
is located, demanded the police stop the lockdown.

Tim, a Parkdale resident, said that the
police had lowered his feeling of security.
âI feel a lot less safe. I live in this neighbourhood.
I live down the street and I feel safe
walking these streets everyday
but I do not feel safe walking these streets
right now. Because [the police] donât care
whether Iâve done anything wrong of or not.
All they care about is whether I say
something they disagree with and if so,
they will haul my ass in jail.â

Earlier at 4pm, a mass of protesters, esti-
mated at between 200-1000 people, had
converged and began marching towards
the TCMN headquarters to show support
for the Network. The march, which began as
a vigil and was joined by a bike protest,
became boxed in at Queen St.
and Spadina Ave.

According to an observer who e-maild
the Altenative Media Centre, âThe
group was completely surrounded and
were slowly arrested. It started raining at
7:00pm. At this point people inside the
intersection appeared to be arrested and
held on the street. The arrestees were not
removed from the rain and loaded into
vans until 8:00pm.â

According to a AMC journalist embed-
ded in the protest, several bystanders
who had accientally got caught up in the
march had medical issues but were only
released after hours then being left to
fend for themselves. One man had kid-
ney issues and was hypothermic while
other had type II diabetes. At the same
time, police sat in transit buses that were
hurridly brought in to keep them dry.

Meanwhile back at the TCMN head-
quarters, image Cheri Di Novo state
âThis is outrageous. I would like to know
what provoked a raid on such a place,
when its supposed to be a safe place for
out of town, or even in town demonstra-
tors. The police are not given this job to
do out of their own consciousness. They
are given orders, they are acting under
orders. To me itâs the people who give
the orders, and itâs the political leader-
ship that needs to be held accountable.â

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