G-20 Protester: Byron Sonne


The police confronted him on a Toronto city bus, the first high-profile arrest of Toronto's still-controversial G-20 summit back in 2010. And when they got to the interrogation, Byron Sonne was unbowed. He was acquitted of all charges, he tested his civil liberties but he also saw his marriage disintegrate and spent a year in jail. We speak with Byron Sonne on what he's won and what he's lost.

Part Two of The Current

G20 Protester: Byron Sonne

We started this segment with a clip from of the G20 security news. There were many people concerned about security that warm summer two years ago. Downtown Toronto was wrapped in a concrete fence as police restricted movement and even dissent. It was a chaotic time and Toronto police were unfamiliar with providing so much security for so many world leaders. One freelance internet security consultant was fascinated by the intensity of the security measures and says he was interested to explore the cracks.

He didn't get a chance to explore too much; Byron Sonne was one of the first people arrested, and only this month did his legal ordeal end. He was acquitted of all charges against him -- four counts of possessing explosive materials and one count of counseling to commit mischief. But it's not as if he can put it all behind him. Byron Sonne is a freelance Internet security consultant. He was in our Toronto studio.

This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson.

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