So, apparently Harper thought that it would be a good idea to hold the G20 meeting in the middle of downtown Toronto.
The inevitable happened.
Now, let's get one thing clear. I do not condone violence - in fact, I hate it. I don't see how smashing things advances any cause, and in fact it detracts attention from the peaceful protesters who have valid points about wealthy nations' treatment of people and the environment. I was angry - livid - at the Black Bloc people who smashed windows in downtown Vancouver and intimidated people during the Olympics, and local activists who've worked for years to improve life in the Downtown Eastside seemed to feel the same way.
But the video below (and others like it all over the news yesterday) destroyed almost all the sympathy I had for the police. They let people torch police cars and smash windows on Saturday, and then on Sunday, this happened:
Peaceful G20 protest at Queen & Spadina from Meghann Millard on Vimeo.
Stephen Harper once said "You won't recognize Canada when I get through with it".
Hey, Stephen? I think I liked it better before.
(And maybe next time, hold the meeting in Nunavut.
Either that or hold a teleconference).