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Police arrest more than 600 at Toronto summit

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It's not just hooligans. I do not support those actions, but nothing changes and anger is rising, so it does not come as a surprise either.

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Foggia, you're right, of course it's not just hooligans arrested! Journalists who ask serious questions are also targeted: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0627/police-arrest-peaceful-protesters-g20/

They mustn't have meekly trotted over to the Orwellian "free speech" areas designated for opponents of the G20 talkfest, where they can be more easily watched and identified so they can be barred from future events. Violent rabble-rousers aren't considered serious threats; it's the brave investigators who risk their careers and sometimes lives to expose the people who attend these events and make decisions and diktats that affect our lives and shield themselves from accountability.

It's increasingly clear these summits do not have our best interests in mind. If these heads of government were actually looking out for the best interests of their constituents, why the incredibly expensive and heavy-handed security operations? Why arrest these journalists and activists and stop others from entering the country (Luke Rudowski of We Are Change) when the same violent rent-a-crowds who regularly disrupt international summits are allowed through? Primarily, the answer is that the violent fools are used to discredit genuine protesters so that intelligent dissent is overshadowed.

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About 100 demonstrators chanted, “The whole world is watching! The whole world is watching!’”

Yes, and they are wondering why the Canadian police aren't cracking some skulls. Some of the photos of the looting, vandalism and arson are just obscene. $900 million dollars spent on security and Canada can't stop several dozen "anarchists" from trashing Toronto's financial district. Where was the tear gas? Where were the water cannons? Hell, where were the rubber bullets? Canadian mollycoddles.

The worst part is most of the 600 arrested will get a slap on the wrist, if they are even charged at all for the crimes they committed. Will anyone get ten years in prison for torching a police car or looting the jewelry and electronics stores? I seriously doubt it.

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I guess the moral of the story is that international cooperation and discussion only results in civil disobedience, property damage, and a whole lot of wasted money. Thanks for clearing that up G-8.

Truth and facts of what our industrialized nations and enslaving employment are doing to our planet and our health should be enough to turn them around.

I dunno, I find some measure of solace in being part of the great rat race that is the US corporate/federal labyrinth.

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I'm sure the violence has more to do with Torontonians' pent up anger with the way the Maple Leafs are being run, than all this globapolination stuff. I mean, come on. When was the last time they won the cup,eh?

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That's why the poor stays poor. Instead of trying to figure a way to fight the system without personal loss, they go ahead and butt heads with the hired goons of the rich, who came from the ranks of the poor in the first place. Sometimes, you just cannot blame the powers in control sometimes, people are just plain dumb. If you cannot beat 'em, well you're doing something wrong, cause there's a lot more of the underprivileged. People, you got to get your act together, else you'll end up being their slaves. Not that most of you are not already..

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So each side does their dance: The leaders gladhand, dither, and make self-important announcements, while the wily disenfranchised bemoan the state of the world, vent, and occasionally destroy objects. I suppose the only winners are the security organizations who receive the bulk of the 900 million in taxpayers' money, the local economy, and the media who are given something to do for a few days. Everybody else doesn't care, or knows enough to realize that in the big scheme of things, these Big-G meetings are not much more than temporary make-work projects.

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In order to take part in one of these protests I believe you have to be a bona fide member of the poor with proper credentials, and not some rich kid offspring who believes he or she is doing something good by attacking govt figureheads and trashing property for free.

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In order to take part in one of these protests I believe you have to be a bona fide member of the poor with proper credentials, and not some rich kid offspring who believes he or she is doing something good by attacking govt figureheads and trashing property for free.

Majority of these so-called anarchists can afford to buy plane tickets to Canada. They're tourist scums!

If England can deny visas to football hooligans, then they should do it with these scums as well!

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jruaustralia, too funny.

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The "anarchists" who were violent were probably plants anyway. Happens all the time.

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About 100 demonstrators chanted, “The whole world is watching! The whole world is watching!’”

Yeah, and the protesters are getting a bad rap because of a few idiots. Wow...set police cars on fire? Looted some shops? That hasn't been done a zillion times before. Not really sure how stealing crap and costing taxpayers more money is getting the message across or helping the cause of the protesters who want real issues to be heard. Who cares what the real issues are when you get to say, "Hey, bro! check it out! We set that there car on fire, eh! Wicked!"

What a bunch of knobs.

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