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article imageNaomi Klein to Toronto police force: 'Do your goddamn jobs' Special

By Andrew Moran     Jun 28, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - The riots and violence that have occurred in Toronto during the G20 Summit this past weekend has prompted many prominent voices to analyze the situation. Some of those voices have condemned the Toronto police force, including Naomi Klein.
During the jail solidarity rally on Monday in downtown Toronto, Canadian political author Naomi Klein addressed the massive crowd to condemn the police force over its alleged violence and brutal arrests of more than 900 people. She spoke through a megaphone on College Street, in the middle of the road.
The author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism initially thanked the more than several hundred in attendance for their “courage.” However, the Montreal-native Klein warned that she wasn’t a rally speaker but would attempt to do her best because she is “pissed off,” which prompted a huge applause from the crowd.
“I'm pissed off about what's happening in the city, I'm pissed off about what's going on in the building behind us,” said Klein. “Message for you guys: Stop playing politics and public relations with our friends lives and let them go.”
After her statement, the crowd broke out into chants of “Let them go. Let them go.”
Naomi Klein spoke at the massive rally in front of Toronto s police headquarters.  She told the crow...
Naomi Klein spoke at the massive rally in front of Toronto's police headquarters. She told the crowd that she "pissed off."
Naomi Klein spoke at the massive rally in front of Toronto s police headquarters.  She told the crow...
Naomi Klein spoke at the massive rally in front of Toronto's police headquarters. She told the crowd that she "pissed off."
However, Klein did tell the police that the protests, demonstrations and rallies aren’t about them but about their bosses and what they did because, as Klein says, they “got caught with their hands in the cookie jar.”
The documentary filmmaker went onto explain that the police officials used the G8/G20 Summits as a personal ATM machine, which was released to the public by journalists, “yes journalists can do some research.”
She asked the question why did Toronto spend $1 billion when other previous hosts, like Pittsburgh, spent a fraction of that amount. Klein explained that they received a lot of overtime, gave out paid summer vacations and purchased high-tech weapons, including water and sound cannons. Klein warned that eventually the police force will use those weapons.
Klein added: “We were getting press statements from the Toronto police department when cop cars were on fire saying look, ‘this is why our cops are justified.’ Don’t play public relations, do your goddamn job.”
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