G8/20 News & Videos

Greenspiration News - thanks yet again to Angela B. for this!! Get great G8/20 news and analysis from:

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THE G20 LEGAL DEFENSE FUND NEEDS YOUR HELP!

We need donations to support those arrested at the G20. You can support the detainees’ legal costs and help alleviate some of the other costs of navigating the court system, and help us keep organizing. You can contribute by PayPal, cheque or bank transfer. Get deets here:

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Is this what a police state looks like?

by Murray Dobbin

Police states don’t appear full blown, over night. They are, like any other social phenomenon, part of social and political process – the end result of a long term corruption of the political culture and the incremental diminishing of democracy.

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Sign the petition for an Independent Review of G20 Security Measures

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Cops had hands 'cuffed

Who made the decision for police to stand down despite the fact the city was under attack? And why? Was it a police decision or political?

These should be the cornerstone questions of an external review surrounding the chaos of the G20.

After all, police officers were trained to stop the Black Bloc anarchists, were appropriately equipped and massively manned.

As downtown Toronto witnessed burning police cars and a small group of thugs on a rampage, a police source tells me the only thing that stopped the officers from doing that was an order telling them not to. They tell me they could have rounded up all, or most of them, in no time. The officer said that eventually there was "a clear order from the command centre saying 'Do not engage' " and, at that point, smelling weakness and no repercussions, the downtown was effectively turned over to the vandals while police, up to 19,000 strong, were ordered to stay out of it.

"It was awful," said an officer. "There were guys with equipment to do the job, all standing around looking at each other in disbelief ... The Montreal riot guys were livid ... They just wanted to get in there and do the job but were told they are too intimidating."

So who made that order? Was it Chief Bill Blair? Mayor David Miller? Prime Minister Stephen Harper? Somebody else?

The inevitable inquiry, separate from the announced internal police review, will have to address this and a whole lot of other things.

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G-20 COMMITS ITSELF TO MORE "NEOLIBERALISM"

Leo Panitch: Free movement of capital and strengthening power of global elites G-20 objective

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Medics at G20 protests speak out against police brutality

The mainstream media has convinced many to focus on burning police  cruisers and shattered shop windows as the key images of the Toronto  G20 Summit. What have largely been ignored are the chilling details  of police violence on protesters and bystanders: both in terms of  direct injuries on the streets and violence in detainment, the  effects of which will be long-lasting.

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Compilation of Videos about Police Violence

<http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/video/compilation-videos-about-police-violence/3897>

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VIDEO COLLECTION:  TORONTO G20 POLICE LAWLESSNESS, MISCONDUCT AND BRUTALITY Compiled by the Centre of Police Accountability, Davin Charney, Barrister and Solicitor, davin@charneylaw.ca Media arrested for not showing identification near G20 wall.  Police say Public Works Act allows them to ID and arrest people within 5m of the wall.  The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star report on the Monday following the summit that no such power existed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq9ruy4WeKM&annotation_id=annotation_372761&feature=iv CBC National news story on police power to arrest anyone who did not show ID near the G20 fence.  Toronto police misled the public about the extent of this power and enforced a non-existent law.  After the summit police and the provincial government admitted that that the power of arrest only applied inside of the fence. http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summit/article/830030--no-extra-powers-granted-to-police-during-g20-summit-liberals) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJPY-ZOtcS0&NR=1 Eastern Ave Detention Centre 1am, Sunday June 27, 2010.  Police surround peaceful protest and order the crowd to leave but block all exits.  Later they allow some to leave and then mass arrest others. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7Ue64fOuak Journalist Amy Miller recounts her experience in the G20 Detention Centre. Says police threatened to rape and “gang bang” her.  She is held for 13 hours. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcXhEd_mDt4 Police ‘snatch squads’ arrests protesters in front of detention centre protests on the morning of June 27, 2010.  Many undercover officers involved.  Police fire some type of gun into the crowd – possibly tear gas or plastic bullets.   Break up peaceful protest. http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/story/story-my-arrest-detainment/3997 The Story of My Arrest & Detainment - Police strangled me, punched me in head, manhandled me I was violently arrested, then assaulted once I was thrown in an unmarked van with four thugs (who may have been plain-clothes officers). Photo appeared in New York Times, 06/27/2010. http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/story/story-my-arrest-detainment/3997 CP24 footage:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUf8rdRsbUI&NR=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV5dG4zkE8k&NR=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GlJue_4wAY&NR=1 CBC footage:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpCqCCxZHR8&NR=1 Toronto Media Coop Video http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/video/how-conduct-kidnapping/3959 June 27, 2010.  Peaceful protest at Queen and Spadina is “kettled” by police.  Police completely surround protestors and do not allow anyone to leave.  Mass detention is a new police tactic of questionable legality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCaPQ6-dFNg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4CYn0isRhA Roof top view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=280hrwKUqKg&annotation_id=annotation_77403&feature=iv http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aohGLp00MmU&NR=1 Mass arrests of peaceful protestors on Esplanade June 27, 2010. Police surround and trap 100’s of protestors and then arrest for “beach of the peace”.  Protestors taken to detention centre and held. Many are strip searched.  Most protesters released without charge. Many held for 20+ hours. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3Upv-1oMsk&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJA882zzoIg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2KEou7WFV8&feature=related Great overhead view:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rYgRVKQRdg Undercover police exposed.  Undercover snatch squad arrests protesters. This video was apparently shown on CBC National news. Shows “Black  Block” undercover agent retreating behind police lines. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XgEI5dCrE Video questions and exposes the used of undercover police and agent provocateurs at G20 protests.  How many of the “Black Block” were police officers?  Why was the Black Block allowed to rampage through the city without any police action to stop them?  Police had no issue with rounding up peaceful protesters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbLU9tdDwxo This video shows how police had surrounded 2 police vehicles which were parked right in the middle of the main march on Saturday, June 26, 2010. Police later retreat leaving the cars behind.  At least one of them is then set on fire.  Why were the cars parked only meters from where the Black Block was assembling?  Why would the police retreat and leave their vehicles behind? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqvWf36AXf8&feature=related Elana Smith arrested at Nova Hotel protest on Sunday, June 27, 2010. Peaceful protest ends with arrests of 100’s of people.  Many protesters held for more than 24 hours without access to lawyers and released without charge.  She recounts her 28 hours in the detention centre. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CREMRal4N30 -----------------------------------------

Sara Carlin, Paxil And Drug Safety In Canada

There have been numerous claims that a medication caused a suicide, but few lead to sweeping changes. In Canada, however, the suicide of 18-year-old Sarah Carlin, who had taken the Paxil antidepressant, is a clear exception. Following a coroner’s inquest, Canada’s provincial and federal governments were told to ensure patients are better informed about drug risks, tighten regulations on drugmakers and establish an independent agency to regulate medications.

“If these things had been in place at the time Sara was prescribed Paxil, she would be alive today,” her father, Neil Carlin, said outside court.

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WATERLIFE

The Great Lakes, the greatest supply of fresh drinking water on Earth

Incredible film. Watch it online:

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