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toronto riot arrest1 -- TORONTO — It was a day of unprecedented chaos in downtown Toronto as roving bands of G20 protesters set fire to police vehicles and smashed windows Saturday despite a $1-billion security tab and thousands of police at the ready.A core group of militant protesters, disguised with dark bandanas, wearing black bike helmets and using what's referred to as a Black Bloc tactic, remained at large after their campaign of violence. Still, police vowed to bring them to justice.Police in riot gear marched through city streets for hours, pounding their shields in warning as they tried to restore order in a city under siege.The violence came as leaders of the world's G20 nations met behind the steel and concrete barrier that has earned the city the moniker "Fortress Toronto."

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  • 1. Dirty Harry  |  June 27th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Looks like even the canucks have got more balls than the Yanquis.

  • 2. Fischbyne  |  June 28th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    The Black Bloc participants (Blocheads?) could be from anywhere. I knew anarchists in college who would plan riots in advance for protests in distant states. My problem with the tactic is that they put other protestors at risk for police countermeasures. Good to see the Canadian cops weren’t easily provoked, and just surrendered the police cruisers for burning.

  • 3. Aaron  |  June 28th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    What, that’s supposed to be a surprise?

  • 4. Fischbyne  |  June 28th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Like Marx said, anarchism is childish, but I did enjoy this amateur video of the Black Bloc in Toronto: The anarchists confront photographers telling them they don’t want any evidence of their window breaking, which they aestheticize as a form expression. Anarchists love to say that “Destruction is a creative urge.” An earnest amateur videographer replies by saying he has the right to expression through photography, to which the grandstanding anarchist responds, ala Raoul Vaneigem, “Photography isn’t expression, it’s part of the spectacle.” Also see professional photographer with silly string in his hair, police cruisers on fire, Starbucks windows being broken.

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