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Anti-G20 Protesters - June 25 & 26, 2010

Toronto

Anti-G20 protesters take to the streets and the peaceful protesters are overshadowed by violent rioters as downtown Toronto descends into chaos.

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Friday, June 25

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Police block Yonge Street as the protesters move from Alan Gardens to the downtown.

The protesters arrive. About 2000 of them.

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Mostly peaceful demonstrators.

Some of the protesters hide their identities.

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Bicycle cops use their bikes to block the sidewalks.

Riot cops waiting in an alley near Yonge Street, just in case.

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The crowd gathers as a scuffle occurs. Police arrest a deaf protester.

The police separate the marchers from the gawking crowd.

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Protesters shouting to the police forces, upset about the arrest.

"Black Bloc" tactics. By dressing all in black and huddling together, it makes it harder for the police to distinguish individuals.

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The bike Police reposition as the march continues west.

Full riot gear deployed.

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There were at least as many police as there were protesters.

More disguised protesters.

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One protester is prepared for any tear gas that might be used.

The march turns south down University Avenue.

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Many different protest groups were on hand.

As the protest spills into active lanes of traffic, the police swiftly jump the barrier.

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A scuffle between police & an angry protester.

Standoff at University & Elm Street. The Police block the crowd from getting near the G20 barricades.

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The mounted unit on the scene.

A panorama of the blockade at Elm Street.

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The cops would hit their batons on their shields in an intimidating manner.

Up close to the riot shields.

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A self portrait with riot police in the background.

On activist "moons" the police in an act of defiance.

 

Saturday, June 26

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Despite the rain, the police and protesters are out i force. Many times more than the previous day.

The large group gathers at Queen's Park.

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One crazy dude climbing on top of a statue on University Ave. He fell backwards but seemed to be OK.

Most of the protesters were very peaceful, just trying to have their issues acknowledged.

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Bicycle police on the front line with the riot squad in the back.

A protester opposing what he called the "Police State"

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Police in riot gear guard a back alley off of Queen Street.

A symbol of "Fortress Toronto" The C.N. Tower with riot police.

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Helmets, shields and batons at the ready. The peaceful protesters have all left, leaving the troublemakers behind.

Now the tear gas launchers and gas masks come out.

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The police, ready for just about anything as the crowds start to heat up and get angrier.

Police blocked in on both sides by protesters.

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The standoff continues after rioters smash windows on the police car.

Protesters conduct a sit in, in front of the smashed police car and riot cops.

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Gas masks at the ready. Very intimidating.

When reinforcements arrived, the police backed off, leaving 2 cruisers behind. They were vandalized and eventually set on fire by rioters.

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This guys climbed up the Steve's Music sign and swung from the wires. He eventually dropped, seemingly unharmed.

One of many smashed windows in the wake of the rioting crowd.

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The protesters split up into several groups, attempting to lure the police away from the G20 fence. Here, a large group gathers on Bay Street in the financial district.

A row of police in riot gear in front of Old City Hall.

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The "Everything is O.K." guy, posing in front of the police line.

Moving south towards the larger crowd.

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An RCMP command vehicle creeps south on Bay Street. This would be great for storm chasing! I want one.

Tear gas was used on the crown on Queen Street for the first time in Toronto's history.

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Protesters peel up chunks of grass sod from a park and spell out "No G20" in the middle of King Street.

Panorama of an advancing Police line. They were very effective at breaking up the crowd into smaller, more manageable groups.

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The police used horses, bicycles, cars and even ATV's to patrol the downtown.

Police forcing all the protesters out of Queen's Park. Anyone who didn't move out was arrested.

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Panorama of the police clearing out Queen's Park.

These guys meant business. At times they would rush the crowd, hitting their shields and shouting, forcing us to run to keep out of their way. Scary stuff.