G20 Summit protest images and industry opinions [News/Photos]
Toronto, ON – By now you will have heard about the heavy protesting and large police presence that swallowed up key sections of downtown Toronto for the G20 Summit this past weekend. The Summit was scheduled for June 26th and 27th. Photographer Carl W. Heindl was on scene to capture some amazing shots of the protests and fiery commotion. On top of that, we also have quotes from various members of the Toronto scene offering their opinions of the situation. Lastly, there is some great footage floating around from Toronto’s YEAH! Films Company. Check their video summary of the protest after the jump.
Members of the Toronto scene took to Twitter and Facebook, or provided us with a direct quote regarding their opinions on the G20 Summit protests:
Bigg Sproxx: “Citizens of Toronto wake the fuck up!!! Destroying our home is not the answer. Sure we all hate cops & the government at times but this nonsense will do nothing but fuck us over deeper. More taxes and now that fag Harper will say “I told you so.” Half these clowns have no purpose or cause and just got caught up in the hype. Also the media is making shit look worse than it is for a buck/ratings…”
Logik: “I’ll start by saying this, I’m all for protesting but I don’t really agree with the rioting. My question is how can the authorities with all that surveillance, allow police cars to be smashed, burned for 2hrs before putting it out and to have peoples destroying store windows etc.. as numerous officers stand and watch in full riot gear? Of course the media will eat it up, sensationalize things. It takes away from the real purpose of these peaceful protests which deals with human rights, solidarity and the various issues that won’t be addressed at the G20 Summit. Then on the flip side, peaceful protesters have been tear gassed, kidnapped in vans, had guns pointed to their face, lied to about court dates and locations, I don’t get it. The message that sends out is, things are out of control and more funding and more police is needed. Don’t believe the hype do your own research.”
Theo3: “bwoy dem veeks burned = higher taxes, more budget for patrols and increased police staffing in our neighbourhoods. Way to have foresight.”
Tone Mason: “Ok, so this week we had an earthquake, tornadoes and the REAL damage came from dem dyamn rioters @ G20 #SMH”
Drake: “People protesting in Toronto need to read about Ghandi !!! I understand you want to prove a point but that’s not the way to do it!”
Promise: “It was silly if u ask me, as much as I’m not clear on the reasons for their protest I’m sure it doesn’t justify the damage done. And yes, I was down there in the midst of the action at the time not just watching CP24 from the safety of my home in the suburbs lol. Missed my radio interview cuz of it, riot broke out and police ended all transportation into the city while many of us were on our way there. I had to WALK from Bloor stn to Eaton centre and I’m NOT a walker! All to miss the show anyways. So many events got cancelled, stores closed or raided and our show at The Great Hall for Marco Polo’s album release: The Stupendous Adventures of Marco Polo took a bit of a hit because of it (and weather)”.
Ron Dias: “The G20 protest destroyed our city. It was unnecessary to have it in Toronto. Thank the politicians for making Toronto a target for terrorists. When they were asked why they held it in Toronto they really didn’t give a solid response.”
JDiggz: “Harper fucked up! He coulda kept it in the country and spared our beautiful city! He wanted this press or something. Y else would he do this”
Spinz: “All these police, and they can’t just take these fuckers out??”
Nem-s-iss: “I personally think the G20 is staged….because all of this corruption didn’t happen until the summit. It feels like it was meant to be. The Summit wouldn’t be this much of a deal if all this madness didn’t happen.”
Jonathon “Bizz” Brown: G20 Summits are notoriously troublesome so I’m not surprised there has been violence. But I do think a lot of people causing the mayhem are not people from this city. This type of activity is much more regular at G20 Summits than it is in Toronto. When it comes to the police presence, the rhetoric leading up to the summit in the papers questioned the costs dedicated to security. Now, I think the city fortunate those precautions were taken. That being said, I wouldn’t welcome another G20.”
hustleGRL: “I’m not going downtown until this G20 BS is over.”
Photography by Carl W. Heindl
Photography by Carl W. Heindl
The Battle of Toronto by YEAH! Films
Video by YEAH! Films Company
Audio: King Night by Salem
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