The media descends on a G20 protestby Pras Rajagopalan
Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2010
Members of the media appeared to outnumber the demonstrators at this Tuesday morning news conference criticizing the G20 summit and what they call police intimidation.
The demonstration, organized by a patchwork of community groups, was attended by about 20 people - and chronicled by about a dozen cameras and many more reporters.
Among the crews was a TV team from Germany, who are in Toronto to shoot some pieces focusing on how Canada's banking sector is in "relatively" good shape.
Meanwhile, police officers - on bikes, on foot, atop horses and in cars - were out in numbers greater than the protesters and media combined.
One officer acknowledged that there was a robust police presence considering the number of protesters.
But he said police had no idea how many would turn up to the event or if they would spill out onto the streets, so they had to prepared for anything.
Adonis El-Jamal of the Toronto Community Mobilization Network said there are going to be a number of anti-G20 protests in the days leading up to the June 26-27 summit.
Many of those protests will occur after June 21, when authorities are expected to confront people entering the inner security zone.
Although many of those protests are outside the secure zones, it'll be interesting to see if they are going to have much more of an impact on the downtown than Tuesday's placid gathering.
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