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Toronto Police outed for assault and molestation at G20

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In the video below, journalist Amy Miller describes how women arrested by Toronto police were threatened with rape, that numerous women were strip-searched by male officers and that one severely traumatized woman was sexually molested by police who stuck their fingers up her vagina.

“I was told I was going to be gang banged. I was told that I was never going to want to act as a journalist again by making sure I was going to be repeatedly raped while I was in jail,” she said.

Sexual penetration of an individual against their will is called rape. If these reports are accurate, and there’s no reason to think otherwise given everything else we’ve witnessed not only over the past few days but over the past several years in Canada, Toronto police officers are not only brutal thugs who like to lie about the law, unlawfully arrest people, snatch and grab protesters using unmarked cars, and beat up journalists from major newspapers, but they are also rapists who prey on innocent women.

We have now learned that Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair engaged in mass public deception by lying about the claim that Toronto’s “Public Works Act” mandated G20 protesters to show their ID. The law doesn’t exist, it was never passed. The police officers who cited this law when arresting Charlie Veitch were knowingly engaging in wrongful arrest and should be sued.

Likewise, the goons who brutally molested women Abu-Ghraib style need to be identified and prosecuted. Miller should seek out the victims and bring charges against those involved, and not allow these monsters to cover-up their shameful behavior.

UPDATE: We have now learned that four journalists, including Miller, have “filed complaints with Ontario’s police watchdog, with allegations that police physically assaulted or threatened to sexually assault the females when they were arrested during the Toronto G20 summit.”

In addition, Guardian journalist Jesse Rosenfeld has spoken publicly of his ordeal at the hands of G20 police.

“I was grabbed on each side and hit in the stomach and back and pounced on by officers. I kept asking them why they were beating me because I wasn’t resisting arrest. But they lifted my leg and twisted my ankle,” said Rosenfield.

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June 30th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

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Toronto police pursue fascist putsch against community activism at G20 summit

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Canadian police arrested over 600 people in Toronto in a police crackdown on protests at the G20 summit. Riot police used batons, plastic bullets and tear gas for the first time in the city’s history.


More than 19,000 security personnel were deployed in Toronto, and a nearly four-mile-long security wall was erected around the G20 summit site at the Toronto Convention Center. The security price tag for the summit is estimated at around $1 billion.

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June 30th, 2010 at 5:00 am

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G20 summit: Toronto police use rubber bullets and assault tactics says veteran Canadian journalist

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Edited by John Stokes

Steve Paikin, veteran Canadian journalist from TVOntario, describes arrest and beating of a Guardian newspaper journalist, and also assault tactics against peaceful protestors during the G20 summit in Toronto.

Steve Paikin is a Canadian journalist, author, and documentary producer at TVOntario (TVO). He is currently anchor and senior editor of TVO’s flagship current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin, and previously hosted TVO’s Studio 2 and Diplomatic Immunity.

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June 29th, 2010 at 5:06 am

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G2O summit: Racist Toronto Police arrest and detain visible minority CTV News Channel Producer

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PHOTO: Farzad Fatholahzadeh, a CTV News Channel producer, is seen moments after being arrested by police during a protest rally in Toronto on Saturday, June 26, 2010.

CTV News Channel producer Farzad Fatholahzadeh found himself among the prisoners at the Toronto G20 summit.  His hands were tied behind his back as he sat in his cage with 25 to 30 others after his arrest on Saturday night.

Fatholahzadeh stressed that police never treated him roughly, but as of Sunday afternoon the reasons for his arrest were still unclear to him.

He said he was walking behind the police line, his media pass worn clearly around his neck. He was looking for another CTV producer to hand off a tape when a dozen police officers approached him.

“They asked me what I was doing there, and when I told them I was part of the media and that my truck was right behind me, they asked me to relax,” he said.

“I think I was pretty relaxed, and then they told me I was arrested.”

Police fastened his hands behind his back with plastic ties and led him away to a bus destined for the detention centre. He said one officer whispered in his ear, “‘Don’t worry, they’ll let you go, you’ve been co-operative’.”

“I knew the situation would get sorted out eventually,” said Fatholahzadeh, who was able to maintain calm throughout his ordeal. But “eventually” turned into six hours later. He wasn’t released from the detention centre until 3:30 a.m. Sunday, with no charges against him.

He described a range of moods and conditions among prisoners, including those who were almost “jovial” while they shared their stories, and those who were “bashed up” and in distress, with cuts and bruises on their swollen faces.

And some of the detained, he said, were wearing orange jumpsuits, as those around him made uncomfortable comparisons to the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

But one dominant mood among many of the peaceful protesters who were detained was of anger toward the anarchists who set fire to police cars and wreaked havoc on the downtown streets.

“They feel they gave them a bad name. They’re blaming these guys running around burning police cars to them being detained. And also, for the fact that … they’re justifying the government spending a billion dollars on security.”

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June 27th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Conservative government wastes $1 billion on G20 summit in Toronto

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by Anne Dickinson

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Quite clearly the Government of Canada is tone deaf to the excess and waste in spending going on with the upcoming G8 and G20 summits. 
Roughly a $1 billion is being spent on security alone, vastly more then  the 30 million spent for security at the London G20 summit and 18 million at Pittsburgh. There are of course additional millions being spent on all the other summit related costs and goodies for Tony Clement’s riding. The latest estimate is 1.2 billion and rising fast.
This is wildly inappropriate for a summit that purports to address the plight of impoverished women and children with an emphasis on maternal health.

This silly and disgusting excess and waste of money is going to put the lie to any idea that they care at all beyond the hoped for political payoffs.
Now, we are told, the latest bit of unnecessary and ridiculous spending is, at a cost of millions,  a  faux Muskoka deck and lake built for reporters along with a free Blackberry with promotional information about holidaying in cottage country.

Far from being thrilled with their loot bag  and the phony lake, all but the most venal will be disbelieving and disgusted.  How can our government with a straight face suggest we have to withdraw from spending money on aid to Africa and tighten our belts etc.
Do they think anyone will regard this out of control spending as a demonstration of our concern for the suffering of the world? 

Even if it goes smoothly, this summit will be an embarrassment and a giant black eye to Canada. This is not a collection of Mike Duffy’s coming together, there will actually be people in attendance who give a damn about the topics up for discussion and will not be shy about giving their opinions. 

If Harper thinks our press is hard on him, ,just wait till the rest of the world’s media get a gander at Steve and Tony’s billion dollar boondoggle especially when compared with the costs of the summits in other countries. *
*Security costs at previous summits, LINK

  • G8 summit Japan, October 2008: $381 million
  • G8 summit Gleneagles, Scotland, July 2005: $110 million
  • G20 summit London, April 2009: $30 million
  • G20 summit Pittsburgh, September 2009: $18 million US

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