It’s been a week of beautiful activism and courageous resistance. As a counterforce to media images of supposed violent protest, here are some pictures of folks of all ages and sexual orientations demonstrating against the G20 and then, after the largest single mass arrest in Canadian history, protesting police brutality.
Flash-forward three days: 900 people (like the ones you see pictured above) are in jail without charges, have endured taunting, inadequare food and water, and have been denied access to legal support. Mayor David Miller, after condoning this flagrant abuse of civil liberties at an early morning press conference, appears at a Pride flagraising talking about the city’s diversity and tolerance. Pinkwash! Notice the protest signs in the background.
The next day, this protest was on the front page of the Toronto Star.
The Chief of Police cancelled his plans to appear at the Pride Parade.
This is what democracy looks like, these days.