Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ugh.

On the other hand, you feel less better about people watching the chaos unfolding on Toronto streets in response to the G20 summit.

The genius who proposed to hold this summit in Canada's premiere city and centre of activism should be fired. As should every moron who agreed with him, including the Prime Minister.

I love Toronto. I know its downtown intimately. I can't stand what I am seeing on my television tonight.

Seriously. Fired.

ronnie

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Blogger Dann said...

Sort of makes holding these things at clandestine locales begin to look like a reasonable option.

Of course, then the black helicopter crowd would be outraged....

Regards,
Dann

12:33 PM  
Blogger ronnie said...

I'm coming more and more to agree with those suggesting these things be held on cruise ships. Sounded nutty to me when I first heard it - but after seeing what's happened at recent G summits in urban centers, it's starting to look like a viable option.

Incidentally, the G8 summit that immediately preceded the G20 was held in Huntington, ON, in the heart of Ontario's cottage country. Nary a peep of trouble.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Xtreme English said...

we had TWO G7 meetings in DC a couple of years ago. snoozeville.....

9:43 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

As someone who opposed the Vietnam War but had many friends over there, I became very disillusioned in the Sixties with a small but highly visible group who seemed to be working out some angst with their parents or some need to be visibly dynamic or something, and seemed to show up furious before anything had happened to upset anyone. Why would you have a balaclava with you in June if you didn't show up intending to create havoc?

It is sad that the enemy of responsible protest so often comes from within. It forces a great many reasonable moderates to look around and wonder if they really want to be associated with "those people" and to opt out of lending their voices, which are, of course, the ones most needed for effective change.

Meanwhile, I heard y'all spent a billion dollars on security, with the rationale that it would pay off in tourism from those who became aware of Toronto through coverage of the summit. Let us know how that works out.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Xtreme English said...

Just read with horror the account of the horrible actions going on in Toronto in protest of the G20!!! more than 400 arrests yesterday alone.
many of the hooligans are Canadian, too. throw 'em in the slammer till they're MUCH older and wiser. Toronto the good....How can they just smash and burn it? Soooooo stupid and ugly.

8:55 AM  
Blogger ronnie said...

Mike - Let me quote an editorial in today's Toronto Star:

"They took our city to hold a meeting and bullied us out of the core, damaging the commerce of thousands of merchants and inconveniencing the entire population. Then, they failed to protect our property. [...]

Canadian authorities created a city no citizen could recognize and no visitor could admire. Then, they allowed a pack of brutes to trash it."

So, that's about how it's working out.

M.E., by my count more than 600 were detained in total, though most not charged, held for 5 to 24 or more hours handcuffed. Including accredited journalists.

They didn't respond while the Black Bloc trashed downtown on Saturday, then overreacted by bullying and arresting innocent protesters and bystanders on Sunday. Shameful.

8:01 PM  
Blogger ronnie said...

By the way, that whole excellent editorial can be read at http://bit.ly/bACxzV

8:04 PM  

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