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…
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
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…
… this man was (mostly) shouting nonsense about “immigration officers violating his human rights”
I’m not sure what the bottom sign is all about…
Levi was lucky to only suffer a cracked window
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.
Poor Tim Horton’s…
That’s the front door of Starbucks!
That’s a chair from Tim Horton’s smashed into Starbucks’ window!
“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!
This is Yonge Street
I guess they won’t be exchanging any money today!
This sort of stuff could be seen all along Yonge Street
Looking down Yonge Street
That must have been strong glass… in spite of repeated attacks, it did not break.
CIBC bank on College Street
CIBC’s smashed ATM machine
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
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
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
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!
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.
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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