Toronto police chief Bill Blair calls Black Bloc G20 protesters "terrorists"

Cops to review tactics, but Ontario government won't hold inquiry

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      Toronto Police Service chief Bill Blair has branded the Black Bloc protesters who smashed windows and torched police cars during the G20 summit protests as "terrorists".

      During a televised press conference this morning (June 29), Blair claimed that "several hundred" people came to the protests with the intent to commit criminal acts.

      "When they couldn't attack the summit, they attacked the city, and they became a mob," Blair said, while displaying a variety of weapons seized during the G20. "And a mob is policed a little differently than a lawful, peaceful protest."

      Earlier today, Blair announced his police force will conduct an internal review of "all aspects" of policing related to the G20 summit.

      The Summit Management After Action Review Team will assess the strengths and weaknesses of security plans and their execution.

      Meanwhile, the Ontario government has said it won't launch a public inquiry into the summit.

      Laura Blondeau, a spokesperson for Community Safety Minister Rick Bartolucci, told the Toronto Star that the decision to hold an inquiry rests with the federal government.

      Today, seven student unions at the University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University, and Glendon College threw their support behind Amnesty International's call for an independent review of G20 security measures.

      "The tactics of the police are unprecedented and undermine basic human rights and freedoms under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that allow people to assemble, demonstrate peacefully and express their views," the student unions said in a joint statement.

      The Ontario New Democratic Party and the Council of Canadians are also calling for a public inquiry on how the G20 protests were handled by authorities.

      Police have arrested more than 900 people in connection with the G20 summit, making it the scene of the largest mass arrests in Canadian history.

      Plainclothes police officers in action during the G20 summit.

      A man videotapes and questions a few men he suspects of being undercover police officers during the G20.

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      Jun 29, 2010 at 11:29am

      I looked at the second of these two videos and cannot figure out what it's about.
      Rod Smelser

      idotic escalation of rhetoric to justify actions

      Jun 29, 2010 at 12:06pm

      What about the agent provacateurs? If ploice incite a riot does that make them terrorists as well?

      Jebus deploying the word "terrorist" to describe these people that vandalized - VANDALIZED -hurt no one - is just inflammatory and idiotic - not to mention dangerous to protesters in general.

      Mike Cantelon

      Jun 29, 2010 at 12:59pm

      Bill Blair makes Jamie Graham seem sage in comparison.


      Jun 29, 2010 at 1:37pm

      Weren't the police the terrorists? All that intimidation, physical violence...

      attn. Rob:

      Jun 29, 2010 at 7:13pm

      Rob. Educate yourself about agent provocateurs and their role in attempting to subvert many of Canada's progressive movements.

      start here:

      and check this out:

      and this:

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      Jun 29, 2010 at 11:30pm

      A couple people lighting fires and smashing windows is awful yes, but it pales in comparison to the sexual and psychological abuse that I have heard prisoners go through. We cannot, as Canadians, let the police officers get away with this- we need to send letters to the federal government demanding an inquiry.


      Jun 29, 2010 at 11:56pm

      Terrorists employ violence, or threats of violence, to try to effect political change. Like the Canadian government in Afghanistan, or the US government in Iraq. The anarchists in Toronto are political demonstrators using civil disobedience (politically targeted graffiti and vandalism) to try to draw attention to their political concerns. That is legitimate political engagement - the opposite of terrorism. Those who can't, or pretend they can't, tell the difference between the state violence involving wars of aggression and war crimes to effect regime change, and non-violent civil disobedience, are either obtuse or being deliberately manipulative.

      When the Toronto police attacked the peaceful demonstrators this weekend, wrongfully arrested them, then abused them while they were in custody using techniques developed by the CIA to soften prisoners for interrogation, they were employing violence and threats of violence to inhibit the participation of Canadian citizens in the lawful political process. This is terrorism. The police, and all others who developed and authorized their conduct this weekend, are in fact terrorists.

      According to my analysis, the anarchists are protestors, albeit possibly misguided, of whom no informed Canadian is afraid. But most informed Canadians are legitimately afraid of the vicious and brutal Canadian police force who seem to be in the habit of deliberately violating the law and assaulting law abiding Canadian citizens to strike fear into the hearts of the populace.


      Jun 30, 2010 at 1:36am

      Nice bunch of guys & gals those non-uniformed security agents. With the Conservatives in power, there is only one next step, start making people disappear.

      If we are not willing to stand up for this past weekend's protesters and we let the Harper Gov't get away with these types of abusive gov't actions, then we can only expect more of these same tactics. The shutting down of peaceful protests and free speech by the Conservative Party of Canada's Steven Harper is nothing short of facisim ''light". Next time will we be suprised if they use real guns.


      Jun 30, 2010 at 7:04am

      At 0:45 of the first video you can clearly see two cops dressed in full Black Bloc attire scamper behind the police lines


      Jun 30, 2010 at 7:55am

      ===>>> attn. Rob

      Rob. Educate yourself about agent provocateurs and their role in attempting to subvert many of Canada's progressive movements.

      My name is Rod, not Rob.

      I have seen the reports about the Quebec City undercover police before, and later officials of the Surete admitted they had undercover people in the crowd. One of them was holding a rock and Dave Coles of the CEP told him repeatedly to put it down, etc. I had seen that tape years ago.

      I don't know of any films showing these three actually doing anything, like torching a squad car or smashing a store front window. The only film shows them sheepishly trying to be inconspicuous as Coles loudly exposes them.

      Since you're something of an expert on all this, maybe you can answer a question I have. Who, or what, is the "black bloc"? Are they all undercover agents paid by the government? If not, who pays their travel and accommodation expenses as they go from city to city and from event to event? Do the members of the bloc have day jobs?

      Rod Smelser