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G-20 Summit in Toronto – Part 8

SubscribeFiled Under: Photo Journalism,by Neeraj

This photo essay is part of a special Photo Journalism series covering the events leading up to and of the G-20 Summit hosted by Toronto in June 2010.

Click for Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four Part Five Part Six | Part Seven | Part Eight | Part Nine.

Saturday, June 26th, 2010: Day 1 of the G-20 Summit Weekend

The first day of the G-20 Summit weekend in Toronto was also my friend’s wedding and reception day at Toronto’s CNE! Due to many road closures, I wasn’t sure how bad the traffic conditions would be. But as it turned out, most people had stayed at home and the roads were eerily deserted.

I chose to take the more scenic or happening route to the reception hall down Yonge Street. The following photo essay showcases the events that unfolded, and turned me into a Citizen Photo Journalist!

I was driving south on Yonge Street towards CNE, when I heard reports on 680 News about the "Black Bloc" protesters smashing shop windows on Yonge Street...

I was driving south on Yonge Street towards CNE, when I heard reports on 680 News about the “Black Bloc” protesters smashing shop windows on Yonge Street…

As I reached the College-Yonge intersection, I realized that it was too risky to drive further

As I reached the College-Yonge intersection, I realized that it was too risky to drive further

I parked my car on a side street and took to the street taking pictures as Toronto's history was unfolding in front of my eyes

I parked my car on a side street and took to the street taking pictures as Toronto’s history was unfolding in front of my eyes

Most of the destruction on Yonge Street was smashed shop windows, but I had heard reports of torched police cruisers (cars) in other parts of Toronto

Most of the destruction on Yonge Street was smashed shop windows, but I had heard reports of torched police cruisers (cars) in other parts of Toronto

A crowd had started to gather around this man...

A crowd had started to gather around this man…

... this man was (mostly) shouting nonsense about "immigration officers violating his human rights"

… this man was (mostly) shouting nonsense about “immigration officers violating his human rights”

I'm not sure what the bottom sign is all about...

I’m not sure what the bottom sign is all about…

Levi was lucky to only suffer a cracked window

Levi was lucky to only suffer a cracked window

The media were having a field day from their otherwise mundane jobs!

The media were having a field day from their otherwise mundane jobs!

I can't say I was sorry to see this happen to a Bell store... the pain that they inflict on their customers in the form of price gouging and anti-competitive behaviour is far worse than this.

I can’t say I was sorry to see this happen to a Bell store… the pain that they inflict on their customers in the form of price gouging and anti-competitive behaviour is far worse than this.

Poor Tim Horton's...

Poor Tim Horton’s…

That's the front door of Starbucks!

That’s the front door of Starbucks!

That's a chair from Tim Horton's smashed into Starbucks' window!

That’s a chair from Tim Horton’s smashed into Starbucks’ window!

Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks Coffee

Frappuccino anyone?

Frappuccino anyone?

"Toronto's the desert, democracy is the mirage"

“Toronto’s the desert, democracy is the mirage”

I agree... the fencing erected along the "security perimeter" was akin to what one would see at a maximum security prison!

I agree… the fencing erected along the “security perimeter” was akin to what one would see at a maximum security prison!

This is Yonge Street

This is Yonge Street

I guess they won't be exchanging any money today!

I guess they won’t be exchanging any money today!

This sort of stuff could be seen all along Yonge Street

This sort of stuff could be seen all along Yonge Street

Looking down Yonge Street

Looking down Yonge Street

That must have been strong glass... in spite of repeated attacks, it did not break.

That must have been strong glass… in spite of repeated attacks, it did not break.

CIBC bank on College Street

CIBC bank on College Street

CIBC's smashed ATM machine

CIBC’s smashed ATM machine

I decided to walk along College Street towards Queen's Park and saw riot police all geared up

I decided to walk along College Street towards Queen’s Park and saw riot police all geared up

This is near the College-Queen's Park intersection

This is near the College-Queen’s Park intersection

G-20 Police cordoning off access to beyond Queen's Park

G-20 Police cordoning off access to beyond Queen’s Park

Over a billion dollars were spent on policing and security for that one weekend, but the police still could not prevent the destruction that happened that day

Over a billion dollars were spent on policing and security for that one weekend, but the police still could not prevent the destruction that happened that day

Intimidating but still not effective in preventing the chaos

Intimidating but still not effective in preventing the chaos

While the police were in formation here, over in the Financial District some of their cars were being torched

While the police were in formation here, over in the Financial District some of their cars were being torched

Police all prepared to fire tear gas... but at whom? There weren't any protesters here!

Police all prepared to fire tear gas… but at whom? There weren’t any protesters here!

I bet these guys were sweating profusely in the summer heat!

I bet these guys were sweating profusely in the summer heat!

That's my reflection in CIBC's broken window

That’s my reflection in CIBC’s broken window

Overall, this picture symbolizes the destruction that happened on Yonge Street on that fateful G-20 Saturday night in Toronto.

Overall, this picture symbolizes the destruction that happened on Yonge Street on that fateful G-20 Saturday night in Toronto.

I was running late for the wedding reception, so I walked back to my car and drove off with memories from the most exciting weekend in Toronto’s history!

Stay tuned for Part 9 for pictures from the Final Day (Day 2) of the G-20 Summit weekend (June 26 and June 27, 2010).


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