Sunday, April 25th, 2010
For those that don’t know, the violence and confrontations in Seattle were largely the product of a group of provocateurs shipped in by the state to incite violence and justify a police crackdown on the peacful protesters. It’s misleading in the extreme for this Globe reporter to not expose this fact, which has become fairly well known. You can view some video documentation of this fact here in the Seattle segment of the film Police State II: The Takeover. (Skip ahead to 2:13 if you’re short on time.) Or you could simply use your favourite search engine to look up ‘Seattle Provocateurs’. Of course, this journal would be remiss in its duty if it failed to point out that these tactics have been attempted in Canada as well. Those within the ISU’s ranks considering similar actions should note that it was the front line, and not the Quebec Police leadership, that got burned in the Montebello incident.
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Anna Mahler Paperny, The Globe and Mail
April 25, 2010
‘It’s up to the cops’ whether things get violent, protest organizer says
They’re preparing buses, itineraries, bathrooms and places to crash for the night; they’re fundraising, holding media-training workshops and setting up a detailed, week-long schedule of events.
Organizers behind the protests surrounding Toronto’s G20 summit in June expect people to come from as far as Vancouver, Quebec City and the United States, representing everyone from labour groups to women’s shelters and militant students.
The summit’s integrated security unit is bracing for an influx of protesters, with tenders put out for thousands of police officers from across Ontario and the country. They’ve taking possession of one of the largest film sets in North America to use as a staging ground and potentially as a place to keep detained protesters.
At the same time, the protesters have plans of their own — from dance parties to a People’s Summit, marches and so-called Black Bloc tactics, that include confrontational methods that became notorious a decade ago.
The force and intent of the planned opposition brings to mind 2001 in Quebec City and 1999 in Seattle, where demonstrations erupted in violence, with tear gas being fired on masked protesters.
But Syed Hussan, a spokesman for the Toronto Community Mobilization Network, said this year’s summit won’t be a repeat of Seattle.
“It’s been 10 years,” he said. “We grow up. We come up with new tactics. We learn new strategies. We’re going to talk about a scale that might be as big or bigger, but it’s not the same tools. I mean, this was before Facebook. … We can tweet.”