Don’t know about you, but there are days I’m more radicalized. Case and point (or is it, case in point?) – the G20 summit.
The necessary riot protest kit with the most sane advice – don’t wear flip-flops & take plenty of war, oops – water. I really like the antidotes for taking care of such things as tear gas and that loudness bullshit, LRAD – Loudness Long Range Acoustic Device. Acoustic device? That would be a guitar, wouldn’t it?
The feds are throwing us a $1 billion spectacle, and it would be impolite not to show up, but let’s do it with class. The most potent weapon we have to make the Harper government pay politically for the billion dollar security mess it has unleashed on the city is non-violence. Here are some tips for a peaceful, euphoric weekend of resistance.
The ‘feds’ in this case are, of course, the Canadians or the Canadian gov’t. And speaking of the Canadian government, I must say I have NOT noticed Mr. Harper’s nose previously. A tad Pinocchio-like, along with the snooz of Monsier Sarkozy, my first thought when spying this was, ‘it’s fitting within the context of the meetings.’ Bullshit.
On Twitter there’s #G20Report that I’ve been following, and this tweet actually had me laughing out loud.
“Pica_A RT @elamin88: Cops attempting to intimdate peaceful protesters are met with this chant: “You’re sexy, You’re cute! Take off your riot suit!” #G20Report Sunday June 27 2010 12:01am”
Ya gotta admit; that’s kinda catchy. There’s more fascinating media at the Toronto Media Cooperative.
Here’s video with an interesting tactic by the police in Toronto. It’s a hellified one and I’ll just bet they practiced on each other.
All in all although I understand the sentiment underlying the attack on capitalism, I oftentimes – more often than not – don’t understand the need for destruction at a local level as captured through the lenses of photographers here.
For the most part, their targets are specific and symbolic: As the crowd tore across Queen St., they hammered police cruisers, attacked banks and other corporate companies. Yet they left a record store, a local tavern and an independent hardware shop untouched.
“This isn’t violence. This is vandalism against violent corporations. We did not hurt anybody. They (the corporations) are the ones hurting people,” one man said.
And yet, the typical response from those in power is to elicit anger from everyday folk, right?