Sunday 27 June 2010

G20 Toronto Protests - Sunday June 27, 2010 - Late Afternoon Update

Toronto Star Blog:
3:04 p.m. Arrest total reaches 550

Police now confirm a total of 550 G20-related arrests this weekend – and more are expected, officials say. At 9 a.m. today, the official count was 480.

3:26 p.m. Toronto jail conditions "Deplorable"

Legal observer from Toronto Mobilization Network is calling conditions in at the Eastern Ave. detention centre "deplorable." He says arrested protesters "often not being given timely access to counsel."

At a news conference in Parkdale, he says protesters being denied water to drink for up to eight hours and are being crammed into small cells.

Torontoist Blog:
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is denouncing what it is calling "sweeping arrests" of G20 protesters. Among the organization's concerns: the arrest of reporters and CCLA monitors, detainees not having access to lawyers, and suspension of the presumption of innocence.

More Individual News Stories:

What the media ignored: 25,000 peacefully demonstrate against G20 policies in Toronto
(thanks for the tip Andrea!)

CCLA denounces the sweeping arrests at G20

Toronto Police Services At Door of the Alternative Media Centre

Firsthand report of arrests, tear gas, beatings of peaceful demonstrators at detention centre

CBC News: Family hit by G20 raid say police overreached

CBC News: G20 Arrest Tally Reaches 562

Agent Provocateurs (undercover police or people hired/trained by the police to vandalize, act violently, to try to get other protesters to act violently, and to give the general protesters a bad name)
From updates at Toronto Media Coop
Agent Provactuers
"Sat 6/26/2010 10:52 pm
Just heard Sid Ryan made a statement that the police hired 16 year old, out of work actors to destroy 7 year old decoy Crown Vic cruisers. He's also pissed off that no one joined in because everyone just stood there taking pictures which meant they were really cops in plain clothes."

Police Are Using Snatch-Squads
"Sun 6/27/2010 9:38 am
police are using snatch squads. Plain-clothed police pulled up to crowd in black van, jumped out and snatched a man."

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