This is going to be a short post, because I don’t have a lot of time right now. I just learned that Toronto City Council voted “unanimously” to commend the forces policing the G20 Summit in downtown Toronto two weekends ago. I use quotations because, as usual, a handful of councillors didn’t show up to do the only job they get paid for. These are the same police forces that allowed a handful of violent anarchists to run amok in the city smashing storefronts and burning police cruisers, and the same police forces who then paraded around in riot gear and penned in groups of peaceful and legitimate protesters (along with journalists, bystanders, residents, people on their way to work, etc) and held them in the rain for hours, before arresting hundreds of them, holding them in an illegal prison, and releasing them hours later with no charges. Shame on them and shame on council.
Why is it that speaking out against what happened here has become akin to political suicide? Why are the few politicians saying anything about the police brutality being attacked for their views and told to be quiet? Get it straight: the people who were attacked by the police in Toronto during the G20 Summit were denied the rights guaranteed to them by our Constitution and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, so many of the specific legal rights that I will not list them here. Whether or not you agree with protesters’ actions or how you feel about the politics of the Summit, every Canadian should be outraged at this infringement of basic human rights. Every politician in this country should be speaking out. Any politician that doesn’t speak out against what happened here in Toronto is either ignorant or a spineless coward. Yeah, I said it.