Thursday, June 24, 2010

G8 Comes To Town

Heads of state began arriving in town today for the G8 and G20 summit's tomorrow in Huntsville and this weekend in downtown Toronto.
I took a bike ride downtown to check out the sites and see how bad it really was.
The police definitely out numbered the regular citizens. There are groups of cops on every corner, riot gear at the ready, but very friendly and not intimidating at all.
At first I was a bit hesitant about taking photos, but as it turns out the cops really didn't seem to mind. I have to admit, I have never seen this many cops in my life. There is supposed to be upwards of 11,000 cops here from all across Canada. Which makes me wonder, how easy do you think it would it be to commit a crime anywhere else in Canada this weekend and not get caught, especially since every cop is here in Toronto!
And all within a few blocks, I came across this.
A group calling themselves no fences no borders, who were protesting the fence surrounding the downtown core. That's your beef? Really?
Down the street from that, a car found with a cross bow, baseball bat, chainsaw and containers of gas. The driver was arrested as a G20 security threat. The white truck in the picture below belongs to CNN.And right around the corner from that, at the hotel where the French delegates are supposed to stay, hotel workers on strike, walking in circles banging pots, and drums, and blowing whistles and horns.
It looks like it's going to be some weekend in the downtown core.

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