Notes from a Literary Lad
July 1, 2010 by Steven W. Beattie · 1 Comment
Meghann Millard shot this video of G20 protesters on Queen Street near Spadina Avenue in Toronto last Sunday, June 27. Happy Canada Day, everyone.
Peaceful G20 protest at Queen & Spadina from Meghann Millard on Vimeo.
Filed under Politics · Tagged with G20, Toronto
I sent a link to the YouTube version of this video to a friend of mine a few days ago. I was startled to find out that he thought it was funny, not sad. Since then I have learned that a lot of people I know think the protesters deserved every bit of abuse they got from the cops, some sounding like Eric Cartman calling for the “dirty Hippies” to have their heads kicked in. Even when you try and explain that only a few hundred Black Bloc thugs did the property damage, and even when you point out that dozens of innocent people including journalists and a uniformed TTC ticket taker were swept up in the arrests, they still argue that the cops were just doing their jobs.
I hate to say it, but I think the various groups involved in the demonstrations have mis-managed the publicity war in a big way. According to one Toronto Star Poll, “two-thirds of Canadians believe police treatment of protesters was justified during the G20 summit.” I don’t really support the protest groups or their mixed mess of causes, but to my mind the reactions from the public reveal a very disturbing turn in public opinion similar to what happened in the U.S. under George W. Bush. The fact that a billion dollars was flushed down the toilet over a summit that no one in Toronto wanted to host seems beside the point now.
Happy Canada Day, indeed.
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