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Monday, July 12, 2010

Poll: Do you agree with how police handled the G20 protests?

Poll: Do you agree with how police handled the G20 protests?

Thank you for voting!

Total Votes: 6,889

trudyf wrote:Posted 2010/07/10
at 8:41 AM ETIt was a sad day for Canada. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms was clearly
violated. The majority of protesters were peaceful and did not justified the police state imposed by the government. It appears to me that it was the police that had the mob mentality and violently attacked many of the protesters .The violence is usually started by police provacators at large protests to feed the media and project negative views of protesters.
Memphis wrote:Posted 2010/07/10
at 2:12 AM ETThe Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees everyone in Canada the right to freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly. It also guarantees the right of all persons to be free from arbitrary detention and unreasonable search and seizure. These constitutional liberties – and the limits they place on government and police – are the foundations of our free and democratic society. The G20 Summit did not authorize or warrant their suspension. Constitutional guarantees matter because, as is often said, without them, “even the most democratic society could all too easily fall prey to the abuses and excesses of a police state.”
Eddie6312 wrote:Posted 2010/07/09
at 11:38 PM ETWhat happened in Toronto during the G20 weekend was a very sad page in the history of the Canadian democracy. There are many questions without answer.I grow up in a communist country and I know very well how easy the government can take away your freedoms day by day, step by step, little by little, making yours a life of fear and hate… Then you one day suddenly ask yourself "how do we get to this? " without realizing that you contributed as well with your believing that everything the governments do got to be right, everything they say got to be true. But then it is too late when you realize that this is not the case.That's why we must all the time held the government accountable for what they do. What happened in G20 is a lesson in this. We should ask and they should the different whys. This country is unique for his free and multicultural way of life. I choose it as my home country for this reason..that's why i'm asking myself did the Police "serve and protect" us during the G20 as they should do under the police act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ? I think they did not. They forgot the motto "I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind." They should know this, and if them as every Canadian really stand for it, they should understand that what happened in G20 weekend was not democratic, not Canadian and wrong so is no more to be repeated in Canada. Only after that the hundred of Canadians who were locked up in a temporary prison only because they believed in the Charter of Rights can again say loudly "I AM PROUD TO BE A CANADIAN"
typically wrote:Posted 2010/07/09
at 6:59 PM ETI must say that people who are voting "yes" on this either have no idea what happened in Toronto, or have absolutely no respect for the Charter.

My initial thought was "well good for the police, responding to idiots who throw rocks and burn cars", but then I did some digging. For anyone who cares in the least about the ACTUAL events, I direct you to YouTube, or the Facebook group which currently has 51,000 members (growing daily) of Canadians who are demanding a public inquiry with power of subpoena.

There was a clear abuse of power at all levels, and I cannot understand how ANY Canadian can consider this "appropriate".
Lachinoise wrote:Posted 2010/07/09
at 12:07 PM ETA grossly unacceptable and inadequate response. The repression was mismanaged, out of character and grossly exaggerated. Also, some elements appear suspicious: at least one black-clad vandal appears to have been an undercover cop. This is all documented on video. Human rights in Canada really took a beating (pun intended) on that day. Police actively attacked some protesters, including a gentleman amputee, took off his prosthesis and locked him up in facilities unfit even for animals. Lots of unjustified head injuries.

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