“At an afternoon news conference, the Toronto Community Mobilization Network said they had negotiated with police ahead of the march and received assurances that demonstrators would not be arrested if they protested peacefully.
Spokeswoman Maryam Adrangi said police were rounding people up when they went to the detention centre to try to find their friends.
“We are finding police are meeting them there with brutality,” she said. “They are circling groups of people in smaller groups. We have seen plainclothes officers snatching people and throwing them into cars.”
Mack Scott, a legal observer for the protesters who was at the protest Sunday, said six people were arrested as police drove the protesters back.
Police would not confirm if they had made a deal not to arrest protesters. On Sunday afternoon, authorities said that 562 people had been arrested since June 18, and 224 since 6 a.m. Sunday alone.”Globe and Mail
“As the march went toward the (summit) location, the police pressure was just overwhelming,” Broderick said. “People couldn’t move without being stopped (by police). A police car was in the middle of the street, we had to go around it. The burning question is why did police have those three police cars in the middle of the street?”
As the march went on, Broderick said a small group broke away and turned to violent measures in the form of burning police cars and destroying property.
He had a chance to speak with one individual who was let go after being arrested and there seemed to be no logic to who was being targeted by police, Broderick said.
“(Those arrested) were simply hauled out of the crowd (Saturday).”
It was unfortunate the protest turned violent and the media chose to highlight those actions, which was not a good representation of what the council
was trying to accomplish at the protest, Broderick said. “Violence takes away from the issues we’re trying to get at. We believe the G8/G20 are not what most people around the world want.” The issues not being considered at the summit were things like climate change, water resources and unemployment, Broderick said.
“Deficit mediation means more cuts to public services and important things like public health and education.”
His group does not condone the violent protest actions but it does show the state of the world today, Broderick said. “We have a growing underclass of young people in this country due to government policy. We have a lot of angry people.” Guardian
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