G20 Brings The Green Zone To Toronto

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Excessively armed thugs parading through the streets, military checkpoints at traffic lights, police helicopters hovering over the city, a long chain-link fence around the center of downtown, secret snipers on rooftops, urban warfare weapons, bomb-sniffing dogs, sound canons; this is not the sight of the infamous Green Zone in blood-drenched Baghdad, but a picture of what downtown Toronto will look like this weekend when the city hosts the world’s leading heads of states, and government officials.
They are in Toronto for the G20 conference, where they plan to discuss a global economic order, and new austerity measures for heavily indebted nations. It is expected that U.S. President Barack Obama willfearmonger about Iran’s nuclear capabilities and motives, just as he did at the last G20 meeting that took place in Pittsburgh in September, 2009.
The heavy presence of ground troops on the streets are usually seen in war-torn countries, occupied countries, or countries that are on the edge of a violent revolution, so it has come as an unwelcome surprise to many Canadians that the downtown core of its major city, known for its safety and cleanliness, is being transformed into a military fortress to serve the world’s leading politicians.
The billion-dollar expense for all the security gear and gadgets points to a burgeoning police state. Although most people think nothing of it, they know deep down that only leaders who conspire against the people’s interests require the protection of a thousand bodyguards, motorcades, and helicopters. The most famous assassination of the President of the United States was not done by a citizen, but by the C.I.A. and the U.S. National Security apparatus, whose fingerprints all over the current push towards Homeland Security in North America.
Members of the huge military apparatus at the conference claim that their chief role is to "protect the public" but that begs the question, do unpopular world leaders represent the will of the people? Whatever modern poll you look at, and in whatever Western country, the answer is no.
Ahead of protests, the Toronto police visited the homes of some activists, and warned them against protesting. The Toronto Sunreports:

Protestors allege they are being targeted for questioning or sometimes detained by police for helping to organize G8 and G20 demonstrations.

Some protestors even claimed the immigration status of some members, or their families, are being threatened by police if they take part in demonstrations.

The actions by the G20’s Integrated Security Unit are reminiscent of the crackdown on protest activities by security forces at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in 2008. The highly militarized atmosphere is meant to intimidate citizens, and make them avoid future public demonstrations. The establishment of "security zones" and "free speech zones" is another reminder that people’s political will are denied by politicians and the police in modern Western democracies.
Years from now, violent rebellion against the New World Order may be a fact of Western life. But in today’s world it is hard to justify the government’s fears of violence in Toronto. Unlike Baghdad, Toronto is not under occupation, and there is no history of rebels violently attacking police officers, and innocent people. Exaggerations about G20’s security have reached the point that NORAD’s commander, U.S. Admiral James Winnefeld, offered America’s military assistance. The idea of using NORAD’s help at a civil protest is despotic, and at the same time, stupid. Does the Canadian government expect that Iran is going to fire nuclear missiles at the Blue Jays stadium?
The whole cult about security began when politicians declared they will "get tough on crime," but it really took off after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. That tragedy is now viewed by a wide number of people around the world as the false-flag of the ages. Many Canadians are well aware that the greatest threat of terrorism to the public does not come from Muslim radicals, or anti-government protesters, but from Western intelligence agencies like the CIA, MI6, and Mossad.
Despite the mass political awakening, it is too soon to say whether the majority of people in North America fully realize that the end of their way of life begins with military barricades, and riot police. Although Toronto’s Green Zone will only be maintained for a short weekend, the new guidelines for security will be aggressively enforced in the future at the slightest notice of a protest, or any kind of civil unrest.
People can still afford to make fun of all the police pageantry at the G20, but they will soon regret that they did not immediately see military barricades, and riot police, as a direct harm to their security, freedom, and overall well-being. What will transpire at the G20 from June 26 to 27 are the clear manifestations of a police state that rules in the interests of an entrenched global elite.
If a visitor from Baghdad saw Toronto on June 26- 27, 2010 for the first and last time in his life, he would conclude that the city is occupied, and that the governing powers are thuggish. Iraqis know that the biggest criminals and terrorists are not their neighbors, but the military occupiers in the Green Zone. The people of Canada, America, and the West must learn that lesson too. And fast.
In the upcoming weekend, it would be best if the well-mannered citizens, and proud rebels of Toronto, decided to ignore the World Cup of politics. Instead of getting bombarded by LRAD sound weapons in the streets, they should stay inside, watch the World Cup of football, and get bombarded by another sound weapon, the Vuvuzela.

 

 

NORAD leader pledges support for G8, G20

Last Updated: Monday, June 7, 2010 | 11:47 AM ET Comments80Recommend27
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Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Walt Natynczyk, left, holds a joint press conference with United States Admiral James Winnefeld at National Defence headquarters in Ottawa on Monday.Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Walt Natynczyk, left, holds a joint press conference with United States Admiral James Winnefeld at National Defence headquarters in Ottawa on Monday. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Gen. Walt Natynczyk welcomed the new NORAD commander, U.S. Admiral James Winnefeld, who pledged the Americans’ full military support during the upcoming G8 and G20 summits in Toronto.

NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defence Command, is a binational military organization established in 1958 by Canada and the U.S. to monitor and defend North American airspace.

NORAD monitors and tracks man-made objects in space and detects, validates and warns of attacks on North America by aircraft, missiles, satellites and space debris.

Speaking at a press conference in Ottawa Monday, Winnefeld told reporters he was interested in accomplishing two things during his tenure.

The first is to re-emphasize the importance of NORAD — which he called a "very, very important security relationship that is emblematic of the overall relationship between our countries."

"It’s symbolic of the partnership between our two countries evidenced by our ongoing … international security force, forces in Afghanistan and also places like Haiti and the like," he said.

The second thing Winnefeld said he wants to do "is really to listen and learn."

"As the commander of NORAD, I not only work for the United States, I work for Canada and it’s very important for me to listen to the national security team in Canada, to discover what is important in Canadian minds so that it can influence what I do."

U.S. would send in military if asked

Similar to its role during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, NORAD’s focus during the G8 and G20 summits "involves surveillance and assessment of potential threats and the intentions of aircraft that might be entering the airspace around those particular events," Winnefeld said in response to a reporter’s question.

Moreover, under the Canada-U.S. Civil Assistance Plan, the Americans would send in their military if the need arose, he added.

"If something [were to happen], heaven forbid, we would be receptive of course to a request from Canada for support," Winnefeld said, though he quickly added that he had complete confidence in Canada’s ability to handle a wide range of events.

"I wouldn’t want to indicate in any way, shape or form that we don’t have that sort of confidence. But we’re always proud to assist a neighbour, and we have the structure in place to do that."

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/06/07/norad-commander007.html#ixzz0rWfmnMJH

 

 

Activists protest G20 security in Toronto

By TOM GODFREY, TORONTO SUN

Dozens of Toronto cops on horses, bicycles and buses wearing uniform and in plainclothes were on hand as protestors against the upcoming G20 Summit vowed to take back the city.Click here to watch the video
Dozens of Toronto cops on horses, bicycles and buses wearing uniform and in plainclothes were on hand as protestors against the upcoming G20 Summit vowed to take back the city.
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Protestors allege they are being targeted for questioning or sometimes detained by police for helping to organize G8 and G20 demonstrations.

Some protestors even claimed the immigration status of some members, or their families, are being threatened by police if they take part in demonstrations.

Officers in uniform and plainclothes lined up outside the Metro Convention Centre, where the June 26 and 27 Summit is taking place, as about two dozen protestors from a coalition of groups vowed to reclaim their city, which they said is being turned into an armed camp.

Not far away, crews are working 24-hours to erect a three-metre high, 3.3 km long fence that will ring the convention centre. Those who work or live inside the security zone will have to enter through police checkpoints.

“This is Toronto and not Tiananmen Square,” community activist Greg Thomas told a cheering crowd. “We are asking if body bags are included in that billion-dollar security package.”

Kevin Tilley, of Movement Defence Committee, said organizers are being targeted for questioning by CSIS, the RCMP and Toronto Police, who all deny they’re targeting civilians.

Tilley said 28 organizers have been questioned or detained by police since February.

“We have documented all the cases,” Tilley said on Tuesday. “We have tracked 28 incidents where people were tracked and interviewed by police.”

He said in some cases police e-mailed questions to the organizers, wanted to have coffee with them or showed up at their door requesting a meeting.

“Police are accusing people of being non-Canadians and are questioning their immigration status,” Tilley alleged. “This trend is disturbing and peoples’ rights are being stepped on.”

He said group supporters in Montreal were also questioned by security agents.

Tilley said protestors are concerned police may slip informants into the coalition to act as agent provocateurs.

He said eight protestors have so far been questioned by CSIS, six by the RCMP and others by Toronto Police.

Alex Hindert, 33, of Kingston, said CSIS agents were at his door last month wanting to question him about his role in organizing a Peoples’ Summit. He refused to speak with them.

“Within 24 hours, all the people of colour in the group were questioned by police,” Hindert alleged on Tuesday. “One member had his family members threatened about their immigration status by police.”

Jane-Finch community activist Sabrina Gopaul said she was intimidated by the large police presence outside the centre.

“Even with so many police here, I still don’t feel safe,” Gopaul said. “I am from the Jane-Finch community and we are used to the police.”

RCMP and Toronto Police, members of an Integrated Security Unit which is in charge of Summit Security, denied they were targeting organizers or immigrants.

Insp. Howie Page, of 52 Division, said there were about 40 officers at the press conference.

“We are here to protect the public and the protestors,” Page said on Tuesday. “We didn’t know just what to expect.”

He said there were earlier reports some protestors had tried to storm the convention centre.

 

 

 

RNC Protest Video Reports: Hundreds Arrested in Widespread Police Crackdown

Tuesday, 02 September 2008 01:38 Various Media

On the 2nd day of the RNC, the Poor Person’s March began with arrests, at the Ripple Effect Music Festival in front of the Capital Rage Against the Machine was threatened with arrest if they took the stage, the two events collided, combined, and ended with a peaceful demonstrators delivering a Citizen’s Arrest warrant through the fence of the barricade’s surrounding the RNC, and, after that, tear gas and concussion grenades. Oliver Dykstra and Leif Utne report. Footage from Oliver Dykstra, Leif Utne, and Corrine McDermid. Edited by Corrine McDermid. From www.TheUptake.org

A slideshow by Lindsay Beyerstein of security forces tear-gassing a peaceful Poor Peoples March during the Republican National Convention, Sept. 2, 2008. Set to music by Junior Murvin.

Several activist groups held an outdoor press conference in St. Paul this morning to decry police brutality against peaceful protesters. Last night, police filed tear gas into a peaceful crowd on 7th Street when the group did not immediately scatter upon the order to disperse — rapid egress was hampered by the fact that the the police had encircled groups of people and locked down intersections at both ends of the block. [Link]

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Gena Berglund of Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild reports from Democracy Now!:

Police in the Twin Cities arrested nearly 300 protesters as well as several journalists covering the protests Monday. I was arrested along with two producers from Democracy Now – Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Also arrested were Associated Press photographer Matt Rourke and two filmmakers from Pepperspray Productions–Lambert Rochfort and Joseph Lasac.

Most of the arrests took place within hours of a ten-thousand-strong peace march organized by the Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War. After the rally ended, several splinter groups broke off for spontaneous breakaway actions in the streets of St. Paul. Some were seen breaking windows at the First National Bank, Macys and other buildings. Others also set up makeshift barricades in the streets and tried to block delegate buses from reaching the convention. Officers in riot gear fired rubber bullets, tear gas, pepperspray and concussion grenades at the protesters and some journalists as well.

Marjorie Cohn, President of the National Lawyers Guild, reports:

Since Friday, local police and sheriffs, working with the FBI, conducted preemptive searches, seizures, and arrests.  Glenn Greenwald described the targeting of protestors by "teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while law enforcement officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets."  Journalists were detained at gunpoint and lawyers representing detainees were handcuffed at the scene.

"I was personally present and saw officers with riot gear and assault rifles, pump action shotguns," said Bruce Nestor, the President of the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, who is representing several of the protestors.  "The neighbor of one of the houses had a gun pointed in her face when she walked out on her back porch to see what was going on.  There were children in all of these houses, and children were held at gunpoint."

Blogging from the streets:"I am blogging now from what can only be called "The Occupied Twin Cities". As the Minnesota National Guard marches through the streets of downtown St. Paul tonight in a display reminiscent of the old Soviet May Day parades, those who made it past the mass arrests of the day try to find a place to rest their weary heads and scrub the pepper spray off." Keep reading here.

Anti War Protester Who Offers Flower to Police Brutally Attacked – More overreaction from the police force at the RNC.

More resources:
The Uptake for live video reports
Twin Cities Indymedia for ongoing updates

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Police Arresting Goodman

September 2 Video Updates:

Police Repression at RNC Protests

Explosions at the RNC Protest

Press Conference On Amy Goodman’s Arrest At Minneapolis RNC

Iraq Veterans Against the War

September 1:

Amy Goodman Arrested at RNC

Democracy Now! – ST. PAUL–Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar have all been released from police custody in St. Paul following their illegal arrest by Minneapolis Police on Monday afternoon.

All three were violently manhandled by law enforcement officers. Abdel Kouddous was slammed against a wall and the ground, leaving his arms scraped and bloodied. He sustained other injuries to his chest and back. Salazar’s violent arrest by baton-wielding officers, during which she was slammed to the ground while yelling, "I’m Press! Press!," resulted in her nose bleeding, as well as causing facial pain. Goodman’s arm was violently yanked by police as she was arrested. Keep reading this update here

Call Mayor Chris Coleman’s office and demand the charges be dropped for Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar. You can direct your call to Chris Rider at Mayor Coleman’s office, 651-266-8535.

RNC Eve: The Police Raids Begin

The Uptake & Democracy Now! – This is video from the first of a series of raids Ramsey County Sherrifs deputies carried out on groups, people and locations related to plans to protest the Republican National Convention. This raid happened at 10pm on Friday night and Wyoming and Smith in St. Paul.

The pattern of detaining, searching and then releasing large numbers of people would be followed in the several raids that followed on Saturday.

Amy Goodman Jumps Fence To Question Cops

This video is from The UptakeSaint Paul, MN Police Department raids a home at 591 Iglehart Avenue at gunpoint. The journalists include a contributing photojournalist with "Democracy Now", whose host Amy Goodman appears in this clip jumping a fence to question police officers.

This is part of a series of police actions on the eve of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

After several hours, all those detained were released. No arrests. No property was seized as result of the search warrant. The clip ends with an interview with homeowner Mike Whalen. At the start of the clip, a neighbor shouts to the media and onlookers that we could all come into her backyard to see the detained people held in the adjacent backyard.

Video from Aug. 31: RNC Eve: Police Seize Sustainable Living Bus

Also see these reports from Toward Freedom:

Miami Model Applied to Republican National Convention in Minnesota

RNC Raids: Police Intimidate Community Organizers and Activists

Miami Model Applied to Republican National Convention in Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN-At 9:17pm on August 29th, Ramsey county sheriff department entered a St Paul Convergence space for anti-RNC demonstrators, handcuffing over a hundred community members engaged in movie watching, meetings and potluck meals. Guns in hand, yelling "Get on the floor!" police attempted to preemptively prevent Republican National Convention (RNC) protests.

Police stated they had a warrant to search the meeting space for a variety of items including rags, jars, paint and video games. Police did not show the warrant to attorneys from the National Lawyer Guild and media who were at the scene. Within minutes, police established a one block perimeter around the Convergence Space.

Sheriffs arriving in unmarked cars told the group that they were looking for "bomb making materials." No weapons or materials for weapons were found. Luci, calling from inside the Convergence Space during the raid, described the scene in a whispered voice, "Right now I’m hiding in a locked bathroom stall. I just peered out the door. It’s frightening– the cops are just standing over people and yelling at them. At least a hundred people are in handcuffs. We didn’t do anything, we were just in a meeting!"

The community Convergence Space held workshops on "Health & Safety" by the North Star Health Collective and "Know Your Rights" presented by the Coldsnap Legal Collective. Both collectives are independent, nonpartisan organizations designed to support community democracy. Coldsnap staffs hotlines 24 hours a day to help activists who have legal questions or to make referrals to lawyers. North Star opened a free Wellness Center for the community during the RNC and coordinates street medic services.

Present during the police raid was 5 year old Gabe with his mom and dad, who repeatedly asked "Mommy, mommy, why did the police crash through the door?" Activists, including Gabe’s parents, were handcuffed, identified and photographed, and released on site. There were no arrests. The space has been effectively closed, citing unrelated "fire code violations."

The tactic of preemptively raiding activist organizations before protests is not new. RNC Welcoming Committee, an anti-authoritarian collective organizing against the RNC, states, "This attempt to portray us as criminals and destroy our credibility has already backfired as evidenced by the masses who have come to support us." However, health care professionals who were planning on attending a three day workshop on providing services in mass demonstrations decided to cancel their plans. "My colleagues are scared to go to the North Star Health Collective’s Wellness Center because they fear it will be raided," said David, a Minneapolis-based complimentary health provider.  "This kind of pre-emptive intimidation really works to keep people away," he continued.

RNC Welcoming Committee has initiated a Plan B. Workshops and meetings will be held in Powderhorn, a Minneapolis City Park. More information about RNC protests and organizing is available at nornc.org and http://twincities.indymedia.org/

Rebecca Trotzky Sirr is a fourth year medical student at the University of Minnesota who organizes with the North Star Health Collective. North Star blends social justice and medicine to bring free health care to the streets of her community.

Rebecca was born and raised and currently lives in Minneapolis. Rebecca and her awesome 9 year old son want to know who thought it was a good idea to bring the Republican National Convention to their hometown, because they would like to give them a good talking to.

G20 tells indebted nations to speed up their austerity drives

George Osborne claims that the stance is an endorsement of Lib-Con government policy

Finance ministers from the world’s leading economies yesterday called on indebted countries to speed up the pace of their austerity drives in the wake of the Greek crisis, in order to ease fears on the markets over sovereign finances.

A communiqué issued by the G20 summit of finance ministers and central bankers in Busan, South Korea, drew attention to "the importance of sustainable public finances" and said nations "with serious fiscal challenges need to accelerate the pace of consolidation". The G20’s latest declaration marks a significant change in tone from April’s meeting, when it said governments should maintain support for their economies until the recovery was firmly entrenched.

Traders have targeted sovereign bonds issued by Greece and other nations after losing confidence in their national finances, leading to fears about the stability of the eurozone. The Greek government has faced strong opposition to pushing through heavy cuts in public sector spending and welfare. Britain’s chancellor, George Osborne, claimed the G20’s new stance as an endorsement for the Lib-Con coalition’s plans to cut the UK’s deficit more quickly than the outgoing Labour administration.

The speed and severity of the deficit-reduction measures are the subject of heated debate among economists, with opponents of early cuts arguing they risk plunging the world into a double-dip recession. The G20 said the world was emerging from the slump faster than expected but "significant challenges" remained.

Osborne said the post-meeting statement was a G20 seal of approval for the UK’s plans to bring forward spending cuts and to set up an Office of Budget Responsibility to produce independent assessments of the public finances. "I think we’ve achieved a significant success by getting the endorsement of the G20 for the fiscal position we adopted just three weeks ago," he said.

He added that the communiqué would bolster other European governments trying to push through unpopular austerity programmes. "From my conversations with other participants there’s been a notable change of tone," he said. "The new British government has contributed to changing the tone at the G20 and making sure we’re focused on these issues of countries with high deficits."

Christine Lagarde, the French finance minister, said: "There’s a large majority for whom redressing the public finances is priority number one."

The meeting also scrapped plans for a universal global bank tax following opposition from Japan, Canada and Brazil, whose banks did not need to be bailed out by taxpayers. Osborne said he would introduce a UK bank tax regardless of the lack of international support. He is expected to spell out his plans in his emergency budget on 22 June.

 

 

G20 Protesters Will Face Water Cannon

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
June 21, 2010

“Police have added a water cannon to their arsenal as they step up security ahead of this week’s G20 summit in Toronto,” reports the Globe and Mail. “Provincial police Const. Michelle Murphy of the Integrated Security Unit says the water projection system will be used to control large crowds if there are riots. Activists have promised to be out in force to protest the two-day summit of world leaders that starts Friday.”

In other words, if police provocateur “anarchists” break the windows at banks and McDonalds — as they invariably do at globalist confabs — the cops will unleash water cannons on peaceful demonstrators.

People can walk away from an encounter with a water cannon with serious internal injuries such as a ruptured spleen. If such injuries are ignored, death could occur later. The high pressure modern water cannons can achieve pressure of up to 30 bar which can result in broken bones, according to Wikipedia.

The presence of the media at riots has had a significant impact on water cannon use. There is much pressure on police departments to avoid bad publicity, and water cannons often play badly in the press. It is considered that this is a likely reason that they are not used more often in countries with a free press.

Apparently that is not a concern in the modern Canadian police state.

Toronto’s finest will not wait until the globalists gather to decide how to implement world government. “Toronto’s police chief has said 5,100 officers have been assigned to keep the city safe as the weekend summit nears. There was also a visible increase in the number of uniformed police officers on downtown streets over the weekend.”

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