The city of Chicago and the federal government will be putting on a security extravaganza later this month in part to protect NATO delegates, representing the most powerful military force on the planet, from nonviolent protesters who want to see an end to war.
G20 activists have done a poor job of making their demands known. The array of groups and issues present at G20 demonstrations confuses the public and rather than try to figure out how all the issues are connected.
For the $1.2 billion the country spent on security, we saw very little protecting Toronto itself. A small group completely hijacked the peaceful message of the demonstration. The police did little to stop them.
My city feels like a crime scene, and the criminals are fleeing the scene. I'm not talking about the kids who burned cop cars on Saturday. I'm talking about the heads of state who smashed social safety nets and burned good jobs.
As dustbins burned near Bank underground station and effigies of bankers swinging from lamp posts slowly turned to ashes, riot police grasped their batons unmoved and unwilling to attend to the emerging dangers.