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(This appeared as a comment by Ritch on my last post. It deserves to be highlighted as a guest post.)

The events at the G20 demonstration on Saturday have provoked a series of responses already. This article is not meant to review the events of the day itself but to look at the questions raised by the demonstrations.

Suffice to say the reaction of the police in arresting, detaining, and brutalizing nearly 1,000 people in the largest mass arrests in Canadian history exposes the serious attacks on civil liberties we face.

On Friday before the demonstration I was having a beer with a comrade in Halifax and of course discussion turned to the G20, we both agreed that this would be the perfect demonstration to go off without any property damage. If at the end of the day tens of thousands marched, thousands did sit-ins by the fence but the tactic of smashing windows was not employed then the summit would be a defeat for Harper.

We drew this analysis based on the fact that every where you went there was anger at the billion dollar price tag for security. At a time when thousands are struggling to make ends meet and see the cost of the Summits as exorbitant. Many, consciously or not, recognize that this money is being spent to the architects of the crisis; protecting those who gave billions to the bank while leaving workers and the poor to pay for it. Furthermore, in the lead-up, there was a growing polarisation with many being angry or frustrated with Harper’s attacks on civil liberties, on women’s rights, on the climate, on the economy, and more.

To have had a day of mass demonstrations and militant but non- violent action would have left Harper with egg on his face and given more confidence to those want to find ways to challenge Harper and the market.

Instead, the day went just like clock work—much like other summits. There’s a mass demonstration. A layer of people do a split from that march and then some engage in expressing their rage against the system by smashing windows and other acts. Given the world we live in, it is surprising that more of this doesn’t happen more often.

In response, the police hold back until the main march disperses. They wait for some damage to be done, and then they go on the offensive. They round-up and brutalize everyone left on the streets, including passers-by, peaceful protesters and those engaged in property damage. In Seattle, Quebec, Genoa, etc. this script has played out over and over again. The police wait until the mass organisations leave, then go after the rest. This strategy suggests that the police and the state are keenly aware of who they want—and don’t want—to provoke.

Within this the “black bloc” and their supporters utilise the larger rally and split marches to launch attacks on property and the police. Usually the police wait long enough for damage to be created before they respond. In these situations it is one of the few times the police wait to crack down. Continue reading

Is this What Democracy looks like?

  Queen And Spadina in Toronto on Sunday June27th. We have no where to go and aggressively attacked.

Young Feminist Picnic G20

The picnic in Allan Gardens is great. over 1000 people are here. we are demanding that the G20 address the issues that real citizens demand. Labour, Social justice and poverty activists are here at Allan Gardens. Join us all day long as we build momentum into this weekend. The Group is sitting peacefully on the grass. We will begin a march through the city streets later today.



Confrontational Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist Convergence in solidarity with the People’s First Demonstration


Queen’s Park- And then onwards to the Fence

Working class people across Canada are under attack. From the foot-dragging at Vale Inco to the recent lock-out of Cadillac-Fairview workers to the looming cut backs on the public sector, it has become obvious that the municipal, provincial and federal governments are neither willing nor able to support people.

Corporations get bailed out, while people and the environment pay for their crisis. Global financial and environmental decisions are made by a few self-selected men and women at the G8 and G20 summits and forced down the throat of unionized and non-unionized workers the world over. Resisting unionists in the Philippines and Colombia are brutally murdered while migrant workers are killed on the job in Canada working in precarious conditions.
When this traveling circus comes to Toronto this June, we who work for change will gather to oppose them. We are workers, activists, students, parents, artists, unionists, anarchists with and without immigration status and more. We are the people — and we will not remain silent and passive as the elites celebrate their attacks on our lives and on the lives of people around the world.

On Saturday, June 26th, the People First March begins at 1pm at Queen’s Park. We are calling upon labour activists, migrants, community groups, poor and working people, women, queer folk, disAbled communities and others to join the Get of the Fence contingent as we creatively and energetically voice our discontent and stand in solidarity with labour struggle.

However, when the People’s First demonstration circles back to a so-called a ‘free-speech zone’ at the park’s north end, we will stay put. We call upon all organizations of people, all those that struggle for justice to stay and participate in a militant, confrontational demonstration where we challenge the global apartheid and injustices the fence represents.

On June 26th, when the march turns towards the protest pen, we invite you to go beyond the tired symbolism of parades and beyond the will of politicians. When the People First march turns back, we invite you all to continue on with us to confront the self-proclaimed G20 leaders and the security apparatus that will have occupied our city. We will take back our city from these exploitative profiteers, and in the streets we will be uncontrollable! This is a militant march where many forms of resistance and tactics are welcomed and respected.

Discuss this in your locals, in your organizations, with your friends and families. In your workplaces, in your meeting rooms, at the dinner table, plan to get off the fence and commit to taking the streets. Together, we will reject the authority of the G20.

For more information, contact torontospokes@ecologyfund.net

Saturday June 26 2010


1:00 PM
Queen*s park -Toronto

PeopleFirst! We Deserve Better!

The June 26 rally and March will be an opportunity for Canadians to speak out on priorities that industrialized nations should adopt on economic recovery, environment and human rights, decent and green jobs, equality and social protection, as well as universal access for AIDS.

Decisions taken by the G8 and G20 governments have a direct impact on millions of lives in Canada and around the world. The rally will have participation from civil society and labour organizations as well as individuals representing a cross-section of communities. With maternal health being one of the key issues of the G8 G20 discussions the march will be lead by women! It will be important to have as many women as possible join the march!

Contact: ontario@clc-ctc.ca or 416-441-3710

Organized by, The Council of Canadians, Canadian Federation of Student, Canadian Labour Congress, Greenpeace, The Ontario Federation of Labour and Oxfam

***Join the pro-choice contingent at Saturday’s protest against the G20!

The organizers of this Saturday’s mass protest against the G20 have asked that women lead the march with a message opposing Harper’s attacks on reproductive rights in his ‘maternal health initiative’.

Join the Contingent:
1 pm
South end of Queen’s Park

Look for the giant coathanger and the OCAC banner – SEE YOU THERE!

Volunteers Needed!

Thanks to a number of locals of the Canadian Federation of Students and Ayesha’s design wizardry, we have thousands of beautiful buttons to hand out to people at the march (artwork below). We need volunteers to distribute the buttons as people arrive at the demonstration (starting at 12:30 pm).