So finally today, I caught some live G-20 action! There was a big protest on Queen St. and Bay St. They were protesting for the aboriginal community of Canada that is largely ignored by the government, and live in poverty on their own native land.
Poor education and unemployment are trademarks of Native reserves. It’s disheartening how the first peoples of this land live like refugees in their own house.
I got in the middle of all the action and took pictures like a true freelance photographer – it was fun! I saw first hand what a peaceful protest can accomplish – positive media coverage and increased public awareness.
I was walking around on Queen St. when I saw this…
It was a protest. At first it looked small… however, it was quite big.
The protest was generally about the Native or Indigenous people’s rights and abuses by the government
Banners are a great way to get the message across
I’m not sure what that flag represents – solidarity among the Indigenous People?
Many media men and women were covering one of the first major protests before the G-20 weekend
Something was written on the large banner – but I couldn’t see it properly
Check out the guy dragging a dummy and a cameraman following him
The protesters were walking north on Bay St. towards Queen’s Park
Obviously, the road was closed and traffic was halted
This was probably aired as “Breaking News”!
It seemed people from various ethnic backgrounds participated in the protest
Stop Native Genocide – I don’t know much about the history to comment on this sign…
The native community is largely ignored not only in Canada, but also in United States and Australia
There were quite a few “characters” in the protest
In spite of being a large protest, it was very peaceful
I need to find out more about this genocide (I’m assuming its ‘genocide’ by way of ignoring the living conditions of the Natives on reserves)
The tail-end of the protest
Police were following to make sure traffic doesn’t come too close to the protesters
Mounted Toronto police following the protesters on horse back – those are some pretty big horses!
Stay tuned for Part 7 for more pictures as we get closer to the Summit date (June 26-27, 2010).
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