Since Guy Giorno has told Stephen Harper to announce that nothing will be done about police intimidation and brutality, citizens are conducting their own investigations.
Though many had their cameras broken, along with their bones, there are a great many more who got excellent photographs and footage, and are putting together a story that should never have taken place in a democratic country.
By refusing to take responsibility, there will no doubt be lawsuits, settled quietly from our tax dollars. But how do we prevent something like this from happening again?
A democracy should always allow freedom of peaceful assembly, and back in the day when Canada was a democracy, we enjoyed that privilege. But those days are gone.
This Canada Day for the very first time, I took no part in any of the festivities. I did not put up a flag or wear buttons or sing Oh, Canada, out of respect for those who did sing Oh, Canada at the rally and were beaten up for their efforts.
We think the man in the video and photo to the left, is either a police officer or a member of the private company that received a 453 million dollar untendered contract to bash Canadians and destroy property. (so far we've traced the contract to the oil patch)
Now does he look like an anarchist? Far too clean cut and he's wearing what looks like a very expensive flak jacket, standing out in a crowd wearing mostly summer clothing on a warm day.
So why was he allowed to smash a police car and then simply walk away? One of a great many questions that should be answered, but won't be.
Following is another:
Not long after I arrived back in Queen's Park, the police began pushing us out. They lined up side by side in full riot gear, with hardly a space between them. They began banging on their shields to the beat of dum, dum, dum, dum, as they marched towards us. We asked the police why we were being forced to leave. We did not get a response, I had no idea why we were being forced out or what was going on. They just stared at us straight faced trying to intimidate and frighten everyone. I remember people yelling, "we have the right to protest!" and "why you are making us leave? We are being peaceful!" No reply. They continued to push peaceful protestors out of the designated protest zone without cause or provocation. I never witness a single act of violence or vandalism, except from the police officers.
I would like to pause here for a brief moment before I continue, to talk about the Black Bloc. They broke off from us early on in the protest, and were no longer apart of out peaceful group. The police were fully aware of this, they did not go after them to stop their acts of destruction and the vandalism. They instead chose to remain by us peaceful protestors, and left shopkeepers alone to defend their property on Yonge street.
Catherine Porter states that the police were actually following a script, that has played out in other places and worked.
• Information warfare. This starts weeks before the event. Protesters are criminalized and dehumanized, and described as dangerous “anarchists” and “terrorists” the city needs to defend against ....
Protesters were beaten with tear gas, sticks, rubber bullets . . . You can watch police stun cowering protesters with Tasers on YouTube. Last year, the city agreed it had trampled citizens’ right to free speech by forcing marchers back from planned protests and settled out of court with Amnesty International.
• Intimidation. Police start random searches of perceived protesters before any large rallies. They are asked where they are staying, why they are walking around. Police raid organizer’s homes or meeting places, “usually just before the summit, so there’s maximum chaos organizers have to deal with,” says Archer. “All this is meant to dissuade participants.
• “They threw rocks.” That’s the line police use after tear-gassing or beating protesters most times, Archer says. Urine and human feces are variations on the theme. But it’s always the protesters who triggered the violence. A popular police tactic is called “kettling.” Officers on bike or horses herd protesters into an enclosed space, so they can’t leave without trying to break through the police line. Take the bait; you provoke a beating or arrest. And of course, there are the famous agent provocateurs, outted publicly two years ago in Montebello. Police officers dressed up like militant protesters to protect the peaceful crowd, they say; Archer says it’s to instigate trouble.
• Job well done. At the end, regardless of the bodies clogging the temporary holding cells and hospitals, the police always congratulate themselves. And by the time the cases go to court, the story is long forgotten and the circus has moved to a new unsuspecting town.
So far in Toronto, the police show has unrolled according to script; we’ve seen the propaganda, the cache, the intimidation, the secretive new regulations, the scary military arsenal. . . . Next up, rocks. Will we all believe that one too?