Friday, May 25, 2012 | Categories: Past Episodes|
May 25th. 2012
The G20 summit of 2010 is back in the news. Last week a new and comprehensive report was released which led to fresh charges and renewed calls for a full public inquiry. It contains details of unlawful arrests, incidents where police used excessive force and cases of clear Charter rights violations. We hear from the author of the report and from the Toronto police chief. And we follow the remarkable story of one man who was caught up in the chaos and violence. "I wasn't an activist before G20" says Tommy Taylor, "but they've made me an activist now." Tommy Taylor is a theatre director and actor. He tells his story together with clips from the play he wrote and performed about the Toronto G20. It's called called "You should have stayed at home".
PART 1 Tommy Taylor describes how he and his girlfriend were peacefully protesting, then arrested and taken to a makeshift detention centre.
PART 2 Tommy Taylor's graphic account of conditions inside the detention centre where he and a thousand others were held in wire cages, begging police for food, water and medical attention. Tommy Taylor was eventually released without charge or apology but the nightmare experience changed his life; "my heart broke, I mean this my country."