WHERE: Queen’s Park and on various streets of the downtown core.
WHEN: Afternoon of Saturday, June 25.
WHAT: Approximately 400 people gathered at Queen’s Park early Saturday afternoon for G20 Redux, an event marking the one-year anniversary of the G20 weekend in Toronto. CTV reported that after that early gathering, a few dozen people left the park and marched through the streets of the downtown core, stopping at Queen and Spadina and then continuing east on Queen, picking up more and more protesters along the way, before heading up Bay Street. The marching crowd, reportedly numbering near 200 at its peak, ended at the Toronto Police headquarters on College Street, where they held a peaceful demonstration until 7 p.m.
The sites were chosen carefully. Protest organizer Gillary Massa told NOW Magazine: “Today we gather here on the lawn of Queen’s Park, the so-called designated protest zone where many of us were tear-gassed, brutalized, and arrested by G20 forces, to send a message. [...] We have not forgotten.” Queen and Spadina was, of course, the location of the infamous kettling abuses, which caused such uproar that police recently swore off the crowd-control tactic entirely.
Video by Ryan Varga, executive produced by Torontoist‘s Christopher Drost. Music by Kinder Atom with Michael Rose Illegal (Greenman Remix).