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article imageToronto protesters to police: This is what democracy looks like Special

By Andrew Moran     Jun 26, 2010 in World
Toronto - After marching from Toronto's Queen's Park to the United States Consulate, activists and protesters were halted by police officers in full riot gear. The chants of "This is what a police state looks like" and "oppressors" were shouted.
As the world waits the outcome of Saturday’s G20 summit riots in downtown Toronto, demonstrators and activists told the police officers in front of the United States Consulate and other parts of the city that “this is what a police state looks like” and that they are the “oppressors.”
One of the first confrontations with Toronto police was at the U.S. Consulate where activists and protesters stood behind barricades where they chanted anti-G20 Summit slogans, anti-police messages and pro-freedom catchphrases.
“This is what democracy looks like. This is what hypocrisy looks like.”
Police in full riot gear on Queen Street in a large crowd.
Police in full riot gear on Queen Street in a large crowd.
Activist saluting peace to cops at Bay Street and Queen Street.
Activist saluting peace to cops at Bay Street and Queen Street.
Activists holding a flower and saluting peace to the police in full riot gear.
Activists holding a flower and saluting peace to the police in full riot gear.
Activist saluting peace to the police at Queen and Spadina.
Activist saluting peace to the police at Queen and Spadina.
Large crowd at Queen and Spadina where the police were physically intimidating and threatening peace...
Large crowd at Queen and Spadina where the police were physically intimidating and threatening peaceful protesters.
Policemen behind the G20 fence.
Policemen behind the G20 fence.
Cops in front of the U.S. Consulate
Cops in front of the U.S. Consulate
Cops driving in their 4X4s a long King Street West.
Cops driving in their 4X4s a long King Street West.
The second major clash was on a small side street near Queen Street West where riot police used physical force to push protesters back. One man came to the street and began shouting to the police that they were crooks and that they should do their own research.
One of the largest clashes in the city on Saturday was at Spadina Avenue and Richmond Street where one officer was ready to shoot a rubber bullet with a protester who was climbing up a tree, while the rest of the cops were putting on gas masks for a possible eruption of tear gas.
An activist on a bullhorn began to ask questions to the police, such as, “Do you think you’re better than us? Do you think they are going to protect you when everything comes crashing down? Are you proud of yourselves for what you are doing to your fellow man?”
Throughout many streets southwest of College, riot police were guarding intersections where large crowds gathered and sent their message directly to the police and the establishment. Another activist on a bullhorn even offered the officers to take their gear off and join them in the protest.
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