From where did the G20 protestors come?
There is no doubt in the world that there is much for people to protest and complain about, directing anger at world leadership. But, for thousands to just “show up” in Canada begs the question: who are they?
Toronto and Canada is a peaceful place, it seems to me. Are all of these people pent up Canadians?
In this report there is only a glimpse of who may be involved as it mentions, “Saturday's protest march, sponsored by labor unions and dubbed family friendly, was the largest demonstration planned during the weekend summits. Its organizers had hoped to draw a crowd of 10,000, but only about half that number turned out on what was a rainy day.”
I don’t really think that organized labor is the source of the violence.
In another report it says:
“Small groups of protesters have clashed with police in Toronto as leaders from the world's richest nations and emerging economies gathered for the G20 summit.”
“While most protesters remained peaceful, television images primarily focused on so-called "anarchists" who had aimed to face off with police along the three-metre high barrier that encircles the G20 meeting site.””
The key identifier here is “anarchists.”
“Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy. It seeks to diminish or even abolish authority in the conduct of human relations. Anarchists may widely disagree on what additional criteria are required in anarchism. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy says, "there is no single defining position that all anarchists hold, and those considered anarchists at best share a certain family resemblance."””
Are they Canadian residents or are they visitors? Someone answer that.
“Thousands protest summit in Canada; vandals smash windows, torch police cars
Published June 26, 2010
TORONTO (AP) — Black-clad demonstrators broke off from a crowd of peaceful demonstrators protesting the G-20 global economic summit in Toronto, torching police cruisers and smashing windows with baseball bats and hammers.”
"This isn't our Toronto and my response is anger," Toronto Mayor David Miller told CP24 television. "Every Torontonian should be outraged by this."
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