Posted by sakerfa on June 26, 2010
(SteveWatson) – Sweeping police powers with no limits, military style checkpoints,
LRAD sound cannons, huge makeshift prisons and a taxpayer bill of $1
Friday, Jun 25th, 2010
Downtown Toronto has been transformed into a police state ahead of the G8 and
G20 conferences, with police given unprecedented powers to to arrest
anyone near the security zone who refuses to identify themselves or
agree to a police search.
The Toronto Star reports:
“The regulation was made under Ontario’s Public Works Protection Act and was
not debated in the Legislature. According to a provincial spokesperson,
the cabinet action came in response to an ‘extraordinary request’ by
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, who wanted additional policing powers
shortly after learning the G20 was coming to Toronto.”
The regulation gives the police authority to question anybody entering the restricted
zone from June 14 until June 28, the day after the summits are scheduled
to end. As Adam Radwanski of The Globe and Mail reports, there are no limits to police powers during the
summit, and no clear legal precedent specifying what they can and can’t
CTV.ca reports that there has been an increase in tension in the security zone as police are stopping and
searching hundreds of protesters. “If you’re in that zone you’re going
to be challenged,” Const. Tim Garland, spokesperson for the Integrated
Security Unit told CTV.ca.
Some reports even detail incidents of police randomly stopping
people outside the security perimeters who are not even protesters and
are merely going about their business.
As our earlier report detailed, Charlie Veitch of the popular London based activist group The Love Police was arrested
yesterday in Toronto under the new extraordinary powers for refusing to
Police have been preparing for the lockdown for months now. An unprecedented show of
force will see up to 20,000 uniformed officers, along with a 1,000
private security guards deployed, as well as Canadian military forces.
The security costs are expected to cost the Canadian government
(taxpayers) hundreds of millions of dollars, with some estimating the
bill will stretch beyond one billion dollars.
Security measures include two large perimeters, walled in with huge 3 meter high
fences, with Toronto police in charge of the outer zone and the RCMP in
charge of the inner zone. Anyone entering the inner perimeter, where the
Metro Convention Centre is located, will be processed through five
levels of airport style security screening.
Various checkpoints throughout Toronto have been outfitted with “Magnetometers,”
“walk-through metal detectors,” “X-Ray belt driven scanners” and
“hand-held metal detectors.”
Residents and workers in the area have been made to register with the authorities to get access to their homes and businesses during the meeting.
The Canadian Forces plans are described as “large-scale operational planning, land and air
surveillance, underwater safety and security for the venues and some
logistic and ceremonial functions. Support also includes drawing on the
CF’s ongoing partnership in the North American Aerospace Defence Command
Protesters will also be subject to designated free speech zones. If they breach these zones they will be forced to move or be arrested.
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will be using a massive movie studio as a temporary jail.
The building is roughly five kilometres from the Convention Centre,
outside the two security zones. The plan echoes tactics employed in the
U.S. at recent DNC and RNC Conventions, where thousands of protesters
were indiscriminately rounded up and kept for up to several hours in temporary prisons.
Police have also been cleared to employ Long Range Acoustic Devices otherwise known as sound cannons.
Civil liberties advocates and activists had requested that a court impose an
injunction to prevent police from using the ear-piercing devices, which
were used by police and the National Guard to break up protests at last
year’s meeting in Pittsburgh.
However, the Ontario Superior Court ruled that the devices could be used after police argued they were essential equipment.
In related news, Infowars reporter Luke Rudkowski and fellow activists have been denied access into Canada altogether.
In a telephone interview with Infowars.com, Luke said he was detained for nearly five
hours by Homeland Security and Canadian Customs police on the border in
Buffalo, New York. Agents went through his car and laptop looking for
anything to arrest and detain the activists. After the Canadians denied
Luke, Kelly, and Matt entry into the country, Homeland Security on the
American side of the border questioned them once again..