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article imageToronto on lockdown, vandalism rampant during G20 protest Special

By Andrew Moran     Jun 26, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - The city of Toronto is on partial lockdown after stores were vandalized, vehicles smashed, police cars set on fire and tear gas being set off in various parts of the downtown core. This is part of a G20 protest that began earlier today.
On Saturday, Toronto protesters and activists took to the streets of the city to protest their disapproval and dissatisfaction of the Canadian federal government, the $1 billion+ price tag of the G20 Summit and the world leaders attending the event.
In west Toronto, riot police were on hand to handle any situation that was about to run out of hand. People were peacefully demonstrating against the riot police but they were ready to fire their rubber bullets, tear gas and other kind of weaponry.
Riot police began to push back the activists, journalists and regular citizens and even threatened some of them by stating, “Do you want to get hurt?” Some activists didn’t care as they threw little flowers at them and others did the peace sign and sat on the ground.
Many stores and banks were vandalized and many windows were smashed or sprayed with graffiti stating “Bomb the banks,” “Against police, against prisons” and “F*** the G20.”
Rally at Queen and Spadina.
Rally at Queen and Spadina.
CTV glass smashed.
CTV glass smashed.
Police forcing protesters to move back at the Queen and Spadina rally.
Police forcing protesters to move back at the Queen and Spadina rally.
Cops in the middle of a large demonstration on Queen Street.
Cops in the middle of a large demonstration on Queen Street.
Cops in fully prepared riot gear.
Cops in fully prepared riot gear.
Cops standing in formation to prevent protesters from walking through the street.
Cops standing in formation to prevent protesters from walking through the street.
Cops standing in formation to prevent protesters from walking through the street.
Cops standing in formation to prevent protesters from walking through the street.
CBC News van vandalized and smashed.
CBC News van vandalized and smashed.
Scotiabank window smashed on Queen Street.
Scotiabank window smashed on Queen Street.
Street corners, including King Street and Bay Street are jam packed, Bay Street and Adelaide Road are full and Yonge Street and College Street are filled with protesters.
The Eaton Centre has been officially shut down, the Toronto Transit Commission has shut down trains heading south from Bloor Station and police headquarters is on complete lockdown.
Sources tell Digital Journal that several groups and hundreds of activists are headed towards the fence on Front Street. Many fear that violence will occur as tensions rise in the city.
Digital Journal is in the middle of it all, so check back for details.
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