G20 vandalism: Who should pay for it?
- June 28, 2010 10:49 AM |
- By G20 Street Team
Pedestrians walk by a store which had its windows broken by anti-G20 protesters on Yonge Street. (Adrien Veczan/Canadian Press)
By Your Voice Team, CBC News
Dozens of store owners are cleaning up broken glass in downtown Toronto after "thugs," as described by the mayor, caused widespread damage several blocks from the G20 summit venue during the weekend.
A march that drew thousands of people -- estimates ranged from 4,000 to 10,000 -- carried on peacefully before up to 300 militant members in the crowd began to vandalize storefronts and vehicles in mid-afternoon, including setting fire to police cruisers.
At one point, the Eaton Centre had to be locked down, even though it's well outside the security perimeter.
CBC's Muhammad Lila, reporting across from the Eaton Centre on Sunday, said he counted about two dozen damaged stores within a two-kilometre stretch on Yonge Street. "It doesn't appear they looted anything."
Who should pay for the lost revenue and damages that Toronto businesses suffered during the G20? Should the government reimburse store owners?
(This poll is not scientific. It is based on readers' votes.)
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