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.
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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