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For the curious and those far away, I thought I might as well share my pictures of Toronto yesterday as I went about my business (I'm still annoyed it conflicted with me participating in the protest - but given the subsequent indiscriminate arrests, maybe that was a good thing): downtown wasn't all as violent and dramatic as it looked on TV!

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Looking south at Queen and University, 2:36PM. This was my first view of a substantial police presence - here, blocking University.

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Looking north at Queen and University, 2:36PM, as the protesters are marching (peacefully!) down University from Queen's Park. I heard someone behind me say ominously, "They're coming." *snort*

Walking west along Queen, more police hanging out all over the place.
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Above some are clustered at Queen and John...


...and more at Queen and Spadina.
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I could have played a bingo game of "how many different kinds of police vehicles can you spot in one day?" I didn't even know cops had their own tow trucks!

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And, when I got out of the gym at 4:30, one of the first things I saw was yet ANOTHER kind of police vehicle. (One other thing about police vehicles: there were so many buses moving police around I didn't even bother to photograph them.)

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Walking east along Queen, approaching Spadina. So much for transit!


A short video of the protest scene at Queen and Spadina circa 4:45PM. As you can see, pretty laid back. Or, if you prefer pictures:

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Looking east from Spadina along Queen.

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Looking north up Spadina from Queen.

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Military helicoper circling overhead. I found this, and this one...

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...an eerily silent, low- and slow-flying jet, particularly disturbing. Very "WE ARE WATCHING YOU." *shudder* The helicopter I only saw once, but that jet just circled and circled like some sort of creepy hawk.

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Walking north on Spadina: folks waiting for a streetcar that's just not going to come. Look around, guys. This has turned into a pedestrian zone.

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Toronto zeitgeist, indeed.

Other random protesters I came across as I walked north on Spadina and east on College:
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Walking towards Queen's Park along College...

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...where there was another line of cops, looking pretty laid back.

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Protesters minding their own business at Queen's Park about a hundred metres away from the cops in the previous picture.

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A couple blocks over was a different story, though: the only glimpse I got of cops in full riot gear was on Bay at College. This was as close as I was comfortable getting.

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Date: 2010-06-27 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostandalone22.livejournal.com
Wow, there's a lot of folks there. It looks like a really big mess.

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Date: 2010-06-27 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendritejungle.livejournal.com
"A really big mess" is a good description!

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Date: 2010-06-27 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] betgirl.livejournal.com
It's really interesting to see the other side of this.

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Date: 2010-06-27 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendritejungle.livejournal.com
That's exactly why I wanted to post it! :) Glad you found it interesting.

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Date: 2010-06-28 07:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] see201.livejournal.com
Great pics! I love the huge coat hanger. It just seem *so* random!

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