Perhaps you heard. From June 26-27 the G20 occupied Toronto’s downtown core, disrupting business, traffic, and generally made an expensive nuisance of itself. You may have heard about the protests. And that the protesters didn’t like capitalism.
The only problem with that, is that the G20 is not capitalism. It’s not even like capitalism. And many of the protesters, while well intentioned, weren’t looking to contest the legitimacy of this global council that elected itself el supremo last year – they simply wanted their items on the agenda.*
That’s unlikely to happen. The G20 is a council of central bankers, politicians, and bureaucratic mandarins – comprising an elite economic micromanagement Soviet that might have made Marx blush.
And you can be assured that, while enjoying drinks on the house at a party Canadians aren’t invited to, the Davos Men of international finance were hard at work figuring out new and exciting ways to exert control over regional and national banks, how to create new revenue streams for international institutions, and how to roll you and yours into a global economic command and control hierarchy on the pretext that this will save us from the sort of economic collapse that big government generated in the first place. That’s a hangover we’ll have to contend with.
The good news is, the globalists hit some stumbling blocks and even before the choppers started landing it seemed clear that basically nothing was going to get done in Toronto – the heavy lifting has been pushed off to the Seoul conference. And indeed, thankfully, very little actually got done. Not bad for $1.2 billion, eh?
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*(Update 2010/06/21: Retracted, at least in the case of the umbrella group the Toronto Community Mobilization Network. As of today, they’ve put out a press release on Facebook including a call “for the G8/B20/G20 to be abolished for causing global poverty and displacement.” Which is true as far as it goes, though it could go a lot further to address the root cause.)
Ongoing G20 News
Civilian body, SIU to probe G20 role of police | G20 police ripped off amputee’s prosthetic limb, told him to walk before dragging him off | Release G20 ‘political prisoners’: rights groups | Canada Day: 2,000 protest G20 summit arrests | Civil liberties association to sue police on behalf of G20 arrestees | Police accused of displaying fake G20 weapons | Four detained journalists file complaints of assault, sexual threats against G20 police | Inside the G20 Eastern Avenue Detention Centre | Toronto Police Lied: No five-metre rule existed in G20 security fence law | Outraged G20 protesters rally against police abuse and arbitrary detention | 20 G20 detention reports: ‘I will not forget what they have done to me’ | The G20: Brutal spectacle failed a city and its people | Global governance fail: National sovereignty stands tall at the G20 | The G20’s ignominious end: Panic, outrage as police detain hundreds for hours in pouring rain | G20 banking reform agreed upon, to be finalized in Seoul | As world walks economic ‘tightrope,’ Toronto G20 agrees to voluntary deficit reduction, delayed bank regulation | National Post photographers arrested, spend night in G20 detention camp | Peaceful Eastern Ave jail solidarity action attacked by Toronto police| Police Raid U of T Student Union for Hosting G20 Protesters | Guardian journalist beaten, arrested at peaceful G20 protest on Esplanade | PM greets G20 leaders amid protests | Four alleged G20 violence ringleaders appear in court | Black Bloc tactics sparked Saturday G20 vandalism, confrontation | G20 protesters clash with Vancouver police | Anarchists leave trail of destruction, peaceful 3hr march forgotten|Invitation-only NGO access seperates media from activists at G20 summit| Obama calls for bank tax as next step in Wall Street reform | IMF report advises G20 to make spending cuts top priority | G8 wraps with money for maternal NGOs and words for Iran, N. Korea | Naomi Klein and 500 marchers crash party at tent city | Pre-dawn raids in Toronto homes result in four arrests | First G20 ‘secret law’ arrestee plans Charter challenge | Protesters flood the streets on first day of Toronto G20 summit | G8 Summit: Leaders divided over tackling national deficits | G20 law gives police sweeping powers to arrest people | Judge Greenlights Sonic Cannons for Use on Civilian Protest, Further Court Tests Slated for Fall | Huntsville G8: Military, locked down security, few protesters | CP Reporter: How I was detained by G8 security | G20: Activists Arrested, Others Denied Entry into Canada | Toronto no longer feels like home | Toronto couple unlikely G20 security threat | Police stop car containing ‘weapons’ near G20 summit | G20: Canada’s billion-dollar summit mystery | Canada flunks on indigenous rights: G20 native protesters | Expectations muted for economic, financial-reform breakthroughs at G20 | Man charged in G20 probe gathered makings for volatile explosives, police charge | Sacco and Vanzetti in Ottawa: How Media and Police are Politicizing the RBC Arson Case | G20 security prepared for any threat, at any cost | Marcus Gee: Why the G20 protesters won’t condemn violence | Police arrest ‘middle-aged white guy’ in G20 security raid | G8/G20 Police Fusion Centres Unmasked in Barrie, North Toronto | No legislation, no precedent to limit G20 police powers | Hospitals, medics prepare for G20 injuries and tear gas | Torontanamo Bay: Life inside the G20 ‘security zone’ | Soldiers and secret police: Some in Huntsville ‘getting nervous’ over G8 | Peaceful protests continue in Toronto as G20 nears | G20 Bank tax push gains momentum as UK, France, Germany introduce national legislation | Anti-poverty activists occupy ESSO station during Monday G20 protest — for ten minutes | Toronto activists launch G20 alternative media centre | G20 traffic fence can be closed at ‘a moment’s notice,’ police say | Police add water cannon to G20 arsenal | For G20 leaders, fiscal austerity is the new normal | G20 Summit: How to rebalance a nervous global economy | How will democracy fare under the G20’s new world order? | Toronto G20 police arsenal includes plastic bullets | Blame Canada: How Paul Martin, Larry Summers sketched out G20 new world order | Ban G20 summit agents provocateurs: activist groups to PM | Harper urges austerity, Obama stimulus in urge for G20 to boost economic recovery | Oxfam astroturf march leads early G20 protest for bank tax | EU to push for global bank tax at G20 | US issues G20 travel alert for Toronto | Fake Lakes not Required, But $50 Million of G8 ‘Legacy’ Spending Pours into Clement’s Riding | Activists plan walkout and tent city to protest G8/G20 summits | G20 centre for protesters set to open | Banks to close 36 branches for Toronto G20 | Rights group files for injunction against G20 ‘sound cannon’ | Huntsville G8 will host 10 more countries, says PM | NGOs meet with G20 sherpas, press for ‘green economy’ and inclusive IMF | Toronto G20 weekend: Private security fast-tracked, traffic jams, heavy police presence, but no sonic weapons | G20 activists accuse CSIS of intimidation | G8/G20: Cell phones to be jammed as motorcades move through Huntsville, Toronto | G20: Eastern Avenue Protest Jail | G20 Security unbridled: Cops bring out artillery as civil rights observers preach vigilance | G20 agenda named as “global government” by thinktank, Toronto summit set to sit on hands | Security company hired by RCMP for G20 not licensed in Ontario | G20 protesters say they won’t be intimidated by police | Construction begins on Toronto G20 security barrier | Security unit shows off G8 plans for Huntsville | G20 media centre with fake lake to cost $1.9M | Toronto police show off G20 summit security | Clement blasted for G8 riding spending, Baird drags out 9/11 trope | Mounties shun ‘sound cannons’ in urban settings ahead of G20 | 1,100 private security guards to work G8-G20 summits | Police detail G20 security zone | Budget watchdog probing G8/G20 summits’ $1-billion price tag | Toronto Police to take up to $100-million of G20 security funds | Toronto police buy four ’sound cannons’ for G20 | Toronto and Muskoka G8/20 Summit security costs hit $1.1B | The Toronto G20 Police State Crackdown | Toronto police agree to erase security zone pass info after G20 | Toronto banks review G20 security after Ottawa RBC fire | Condo behind security fence during G20 summit | Anarchists plan ‘militant’ protests at Toronto G20 | Toronto streets get 77 more surveillance cameras for G20 | Toronto G20 should address climate issues: Nicholas Stern, UN | Toronto labour, native protesters ready for G20 demonstrations | Toronto G20 protest area moved to Queens Park | Fighter jets buzz Toronto, Muskoka in G20 test runs | Downtown Toronto To Be Transformed Into Locked-Down Police State This Summer | All Toronto G20 protests will be directed to Trinity Bellwoods Park | Police State Canada 2010 and the G20 Summit | Protesters and police get ready to square off at G20 summit | Militarized police integrate with private security for G20 Toronto concourse drill | Small army to protect Toronto during G20 summit | Toronto braces for G20 logistics crunch | Hundreds of Toronto G20 delegates granted diplomatic immunity | Toronto G20 summit security to be ‘massive’ | RCMP needs 5,500 rooms during G20 summit | G20 ’sherpas’ meet with IMF, World Bank on Ottawa | Downtown Toronto to become a fortress for G20 summit | G8/G20: Gearing up for the biggest security event in Canadian history | Toronto braces for G20 disruption, Ottawa to pick up security tab | Convention centre confirmed as location for Toronto G20 summit | G20 security could strangle downtown | G20’s Metro Convention Centre location to bump baseball, pride activities | Harper confirms June G20 summit in Toronto | Is G20 more than Toronto can handle? | With only seven months to go, G20 site may be moved to Toronto | Top Mountie says Huntsville too small for G20
G20 leaders signal move from aid to business, call for increase to central bank budgets | G20 to delay tough bank tax regulations | Geithner speaketh on the globalization of risk as G20 meets in Seoul
St. Andrews: November 2009
Pittsburgh: September 2009
Provocateur Cops Caught Disguised As ‘Anarchists’ At Pittsburgh G20 | G20 Police & Military Savagely Attack Peaceful Protesters In Pittsburgh Park | G20 decides to become world’s new ruling economic council | Military Police Kidnap G20 Protester, Shove Him Into Unmarked Car | G20 protesters blasted by sonic cannon | American Citizens Attacked With Military Sound Cannons & Tear Gas At G20 | G20 nations meet as protests flare on issue of international banking regulation | Dollar to fall under scrutiny at G20 summit | G20 agrees to continue economic stimulus measures; Geithner shops international reserve accord
London: April 2009
London G20: Jury acquits protester accused of being ringleader in clashes | UK: G20 ‘Police’ Protest Troupe in Bras and Stockings Charged With Impersonating Police | G20 police ‘used undercover men to incite crowds’ | Amateur video blasts G20 death coverup | G20 ‘kettle’ police containment traps protesters, photograph a requirement for exit | UK PM reveals G20 plan to boost IMF by $1 trillion, hails new world order (again) | G20 protests: Riot police, or rioting police? | G20 protests: riot police clash with demonstrators | UK media primes London for violence in advance of G20 summit | G20 warned unrest will sweep globe Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Bernanke continues pressing for sweeping new powers for Fed | IMF chief wants global bank tax | Gordon Brown urges EU to back new economic order | A year after financial crisis, a new world order emerges | UN wants new global currency to replace dollar | World Bank President Admits Agenda For Global Government | Gordon Brown chooses pulpit as latest platform to push New World Order | Volcker sees crisis leading to global regulation | Gordon Brown seeks sweeping reforms to give IMF global ’surveillance role’ | Kissinger Calls for a New World Order | Kissinger Calls For New International System Out Of World Crises | Financial Times: And now for a world government | Gordon Brown calls for new world order to beat recession
Online G20 Resources
NB: StatismWatch does not necessarily advocate or agree with the views expressed by external websites linked to here
G20 Alt Media Centre
Citizen-driven reporting on the G20 Toronto summit.
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â U of T G20 Information Centre
The G20 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs tracks the activities of the G20, its conferences, and affiliated institutions.
G8/G20 Integrated Security Unit
Official page of the amalgamated TPS/RCMP/CF group charged with policing the G20. Includes ‘Information for Demonstrators’ as well as traffic planning.
Toronto Community Mobilization Network
Activist network driving much of the protest for the week leading up to the G20. Primary issues covered include minority and indigenous rights, environmental justice, labour issues.
For information on other activist groups involved on the weekend of the G20, see here.