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article imageOntario Premier breaks silence over G20 riots, police tactics

By Andrew Moran     Jul 2, 2010 in World
Toronto - After one week since Toronto police began to arrest protesters, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has finally broken his silence over last weekend's riots. McGuinty doesn't feel a public inquiry is necessary and he will not apologize.
Last week, approximately 900 people were arrested in connection with riots and protests that took place during the G20 Summit in Toronto. Most people were released and not charged with anything, while others were sent to the temporary detention centre in the eastern part of the city.
Digital Journal had the opportunity to speak with one detainee and listen to the testimony from arrestees. All of the detainees corroborated their stories that they were locked into cages with groups of six to eight people, slept on the concrete floor and were not given the proper sanity necessities, including toilet paper.
On Tuesday, Toronto police chief Bill Blair stated in a press conference that there will be an internal investigation into the police methods during the upheaval last week. Summit Management After Action Review Team (SMAART) will review the security plans and execution.
Policemen behind the G20 fence.
Policemen behind the G20 fence.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty spoke with CTV News on Friday and has said no to an independent public inquiry to assess police conduct during the chaos that engulfed the city of Toronto during the G20 demonstrations.
The Premier believes the incidents that occurred do not warrant a public inquiry and if any level of government decides to hold an inquiry, it should be the federal government because it was a summit of federal leaders.
However, according to CBC News, McGuinty did state that his government could have done a better job of informing the public of the new regulation that was passed but he feels he doesn’t owe the public an apology for the actions taken by his government and the police.
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