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article imageOp-Ed: Toronto's damages from G20 protests anger city residents Special

By KJ Mullins     Jun 27, 2010 in World
Toronto - Sunday morning I walked the square that protesters took on Saturday to survey the damage inflicted upon Toronto. What I found was shocked residents, police embarrassed for our city and anger at those who tarnished the town.
Sunday morning the police were in force in Toronto, at times checking bags of passersby. My bag was one of those checked by polite police. As I watched at various areas of the city no one fought against the searches, they understood that the police have a job to do.
Amid the shattered windows and boarded up businesses Toronto's pride for their city shone through. As I talked with over 50 police throughout the city, one thing stood out: These men and women who are protecting the residents are polite. They are doing their job under unusual circumstances and gaining the respect of most of the city.
Everywhere I went people were making a point to thank the officers for their work. Residents that I spoke to were angry but not at the police or the protesters who were peaceful but the handful of protesters that incited the riots.
Peaceful protest is part of the Toronto way.
People are not being arrested at random on the street. When criminal acts take place the police are arresting the culprits.
The tone of the protests changed midstream yesterday attacking the city. A peaceful protest turned ugly.
Arrests were made in mass. The atmosphere was charged. The mob was mixed with peaceful and non-peaceful demonstrators. In the confusion it is likely some of those arrested were peaceful.
Hopefully Sunday will be peaceful but there are members of the Black Bloc moving around the city ready to strike.
There will be reports of police inciting violence, there will be reports of protesters inciting. The story will change depending on who you talk to.
In the end hopefully Toronto will not have deaths. Hopefully there will not be any harm to those protesting peacefully. The same goes for the police protecting the residents and property of Toronto.
As for me, I am saddened by the way Toronto is being viewed by the world. Toronto is a wonderful city that may be tarnished because of a few bad apples who may not even live in our town.
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This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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