Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Why Were the Black Bloc Allowed to Rampage While the Police Turned Their Heads?

At the end of the above video you'll see how in 2007 provocateurs were used to stir up trouble and justify police brutality against peaceful protesters. What first tipped off the civilians then was the fact that while the three masked police officers were rampaging, one with a huge rock in his hand ready to hurl it, the riot police stood quietly by and watched. They only moved in when the crowd blew the cops' cover after discovering their police issue boots.

So with 20,000 police officers at the G20, why were the Black Bloc allowed to damage so much property without a cop in sight? Why were so many cops and so much force used against peaceful demonstrators and none at all against the "anarchists"? And why were the three police cars simply abandoned at a busy intersection?

Is this Montelbello all over again?

Guy Giorno whisked his cardboard cutout off to see the queen, but he's got some explaining to do. First off, why was a multinational corporation based in California, given a 453 million dollar untendered contract to provide security and yet they could not protect property.

Did Guy Giorno hire them just to beat people up? Did he want to silence dissent and couldn't care less about people's property?

This is a very dark time for Canada and we should not let this go without a full inquiry. And I want Stephen Harper to sit down, unscripted and explain himself. Make sure Giorno is nowhere in sight. I had enough of him when he spoke and acted for Mike Harris, almost destroying Ontario in the process. I remember scenes like this with riot police then too.

The Ontario Provincial Police moved in on the protesters to remove them from the park. The police say they had no choice but to draw their guns because the protesters were armed; the protesters say the opposite, that they were unarmed and that police - dressed in riot gear - used unnecessary force. And they pointed the blame squarely at then-premier Mike Harris, claiming he issued the go-ahead order for the police to rush the barricades in a nighttime raid.

Google Guy Giorno and Ipperwash and see how many time his name comes up. In that incident a young native man was shot and killed but they also used the riot squad against striking teachers:

The bloody confrontation - one of the most violent in Ontario's political history - will not be quickly forgotten. After a heated debate, deputy premier Ernie Eves called an inquiry into the incident. The OPP also faced sharp criticism from other police officials who said the riot squad may have even provoked the confrontation.

Those scenes this past weekend were disturbing but not unique for neoconservatism, which is as close to fascism as you're going to get. There seems to be a lot of blame going to the McGuinty government for allowing the police free rein, but they're claiming they did no such thing.

As crews dismantle the massive security fence from the G20 summit, questions are piling up about a secret cabinet decision giving police immense power to search and arrest anyone within five metres of the barrier.

Legal experts say a regulation authorizing the searches could be vulnerable to attack not just for potentially violating Charter protections against unreasonable search and seizure. It could also be challenged on the grounds the public was not given adequate notice of the sweeping changes that required them to identify themselves to police officers or agree to be searched.

There are several testimonials but one says it nicely:

“I am embarrassed for my city, embarrassed for Toronto Police and embarrassed that this could happen.”

I agree. Below is a video (a little long) describing the bizarre law that may have allowed violations of our human rights. It's worth watching right through.

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