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G-20 Summit in Toronto – Part 9

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.

Sunday, June 27th, 2010: Day 2 of the G-20 Summit Weekend

Here are photos from the 2nd day of the G-20 Summit weekend. After the very eventful Saturday, more people had turned up for amusement than anything related to “protesting”.

Looking towards Bay Street where a police cruiser was torched the previous day at the King-Bay intersection

Looking towards Bay Street where a police cruiser was torched the previous day at the King-Bay intersection

People walking on Bay Street towards Queen Street

People walking on Bay Street towards Queen Street

G-20 Police: Standing By!

G-20 Police: Standing By!

Seen here is a protester holding a sign asking protesters to stop protesting!

Seen here is a protester holding a sign asking protesters to stop protesting!

Conspiracy theories abound!

Conspiracy theories abound!

A not-so-pleasant message spray-painted on the Scotiabank building

A not-so-pleasant message spray-painted on the Scotiabank building

Not only do people have to pay the Bank (in the form of service charges and/or fees) to keep their money, the Banks get bailed by public money when they fail - no wonder some people are pissed off!

Not only do people have to pay the Bank (in the form of service charges and/or fees) to keep their money, the Banks get bailed by public money when they fail – no wonder some people are pissed off!

Smashed ATM machines... not sure what that accomplished

Smashed ATM machines… not sure what that accomplished

"Against Police, Against Prisons"

“Against Police, Against Prisons”

The G-20 police had mastered that "we mean business" look

The G-20 police had mastered that “we mean business” look

This is the Queen-Adelaide intersection - where are the protesters?

This is the Queen-Adelaide intersection – where are the protesters?

90% of the people were here to amuse themselves and not actually to "protest"

90% of the people were here to amuse themselves and not actually to “protest”

Seen here is a policeman being helped by his colleagues after fainting in the hot and humid weather

Seen here is a policeman being helped by his colleagues after fainting in the hot and humid weather

This was very funny because there were practically no protesters, but the police were literally "dressed to kill".

This was very funny because there were practically no protesters, but the police were literally “dressed to kill”.

Due to the blocking of the Queen-Spadina intersection by a handful of protesters, there was a huge line of TTC streetcars stuck on Queen Street

Due to the blocking of the Queen-Spadina intersection by a handful of protesters, there was a huge line of TTC streetcars stuck on Queen Street

The riot police "charged" several times to disperse the crowd that had gathered. The police didn't charge more than 20 feet each time but that was enough to panic the crowd, which nearly resulted in a stampede!

The riot police “charged” several times to disperse the crowd that had gathered. The police didn’t charge more than 20 feet each time but that was enough to panic the crowd, which nearly resulted in a stampede!

G-20 riot police all prepared to fire tear gas shells - talk about overkill and intimidation!

G-20 riot police all prepared to fire tear gas shells – talk about overkill and intimidation!

During the "tense" face-off with the police, the public sang "O Canada" - Canada's National Anthem

During the “tense” face-off with the police, the public sang “O Canada” – Canada’s National Anthem

I'm sure this guy got a great view of the action!

I’m sure this guy got a great view of the action!

Media's eye-in-the-sky

Media’s eye-in-the-sky

I was lucky to have moved away from the Queen-Spadina intersection before the police surrounded it and arrested everyone in it. What the police couldn’t do in several hours (i.e. disperse the crowd), Mother Nature did it in a few minutes via a heavy rain spell!

I got caught in the surprise rain shower without an umbrella and could not find a single place for shelter as the few that were there were already over-crowded. So I kept the camera in my backpack and decided to walk to where I had parked my car, nearly 3-km away! By the time I reached the car I was cold and totally drenched!

I took off my clothes, twisted them to get as much water out as I could, and put them back on before driving home. It was one hellava weekend for me … and for Toronto!


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Posted by:Neerajon June 27, 2010

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