Who are the protesters who will be filling the streets until Sunday? Who is that guy who got arrested for that thing? This page includes some information about groups and individuals.
The Toronto Star has written an article describing various protest groups involved in the week’s protests. Open File has an article about various other groups associated with protesters, but not actually protesters themselves, such as Legal Advice and medics.
Saturday morning update: Torontoist has a fabulous article, Full of Sound and Fury, on the protesters of the Friday Allan Gardens protest. Quote:
…that’s what’s most admirable about protesters. They’re engaged. They’re involved… But I think there’s a problem here that many of the protesters don’t get, which is that it often seems that this isn’t really dedication to a cause.
Sunday: As of Sunday morning, around 500 people have been arrested. 400 of them, or thereabouts were arrested at Queen’s Park or on The Esplanade after the violence of the day. On Sunday morning, reports came in of between 40 and 70 people having been arrested on the U of T campus, near the forestry building.
I suspect as the summit unfolds, certain people whose names weren’t known until now by many will shoot to prominence. Some of these people are law-abiding protesters. Others are people who have been charged with alleged criminal offenses. Others are journalists or those someone in between criminal and innocent.
Sunday evening: As arrests are still being made, I think we can safely say that the fallout from this weekend concerning the arrests and what happened immediately after the arrests will be significant. I expect discussions on the sheer numbers arrested, conditions in the jail and tactics used.
Globe and Mail profiles of four arrestees: Jesse Rosenfeld (activist/journalist), Alex Hundert (anarchist), Emomotimi Azorbo (protester/bystander), Farzo Fatholahzdeh (CTV producer).
Also expect discussion on detention of protesters not being arrested. Sigh, Toronto.
Note: Please treat these people’s information with respect.
Brett Gundlock and Colin O’Connor
Gundlock and O’Connor are two National Post photographers who were arrested on Saturday for being among violent protesters and refusing an order to disperse. They were held overnight at the Eastern Avenue detention centre and then released on Sunday afternoon.
Here is an interview from the National Post with their experience in the jail.
On Saturday night, protesters surrounded by police on The Esplanade included a Canadian activist reporter working for the Guardian paper named Jesse Rosenfeld who was arrested by police and, according to Steve Paikin (from TVO’s The Agenda), unnecessarily beaten in the process. Torontoist link. Globe and Mail link. Tempers are running high.
The legal and political fallout from this weekend is going to last for weeks.
Mototime/Mototimi “Timmy” Azorbo
Mr. Azorbo, a deaf man, was arrested attempting to push through a police line after not having heard a police direction. He was, as of Friday, being held at the Film Studios temporary detention centre on Eastern Ave. (Eastern/Pape) and was the subject of a solidarity protest there.
Charlie Veitch, the British man behind the police-confronting website The Love Police, was arrested …I’ll give you a moment to guess where… close to the fence for refusing to identify himself. Whether you are okay with the Public Works Protection Act (soon to be very notorious, I should think) or not, you should know about it– it looks like it’s going to be the number one cause of arrests this weekend.
Mr. Vasey was arrested walking near the fence in downtown Toronto when he fell foul of the Public Works Protection Act, the new localized law that has been in force since Monday but only made popular appearance on Thursday– with the afternoon arrest of Mr. Vasey (who is possibly a musician). He was asked for his ID and, not realising it had to be shown under the Act, refused. According to the above article, he was held for five hours “in a cage” at the temporary detention centre at the Film Studios on Eastern Road– and was the cause of the solidarity protest on Thursday outside the centre– before being released that evening. As of Saturday, Mr. Vasey is planning on lodging a challenge to law.
If you’re going near the fence, know your Public Work Protection Act.
Early afternoon Thursday an older man in a silver car– McCullough– was stopped and arrested on The Esplanade because he had a precariously attached metal box on top of his vehicle. According to this National Post article, the vehicle contained in clear view:
…five blue and red fuel canisters, some only partially full, a half-empty bottle of coke, a bundle of arrows with red and yellow tips, as well as a large chainsaw, the homemade orange steel crossbow and a baseball bat.
Three medium-sized suitcases were found to be stuffed with batteries, scribbled notebooks, and a copy of “100 ways to Make Money on the Internet.”
UPDATE 11:11pm Thursday: Mr. McCullough is believed not to have been acting maliciously towards the G20, and is likely not to be arrested at all. Whatever his reasons for being that close to a secure area with a chainsaw in the backseat, we should learn a lesson from his story. Remember, it’s not our intent, it’s what it looks like. Leave the chainsaw at home today.
Also related: Since June 21st, the fenced-in area and close to the fence is under what’s called a Public Works Protection Act. These are localized special-measures type acts, the upshot of which is that you can be asked to present ID and be searched. If you refuse, you can be arrested. So be nice, hand over the ID and open up your bag. Alternatively, stay away.
Kristen Peterson is Byron Sonne’s (common-law) wife, an artist, according to her CV. She was arrested on Wednesday out of the city under similar charges to her husband (weapons, explosives for a “dangerous purpose”). The Toronto Star has a good article that also gives more details on Byron Sonne’s case. It sounds like quite a bizarre story.
Sonne’s Forest Hill (Bathurst/Lawrence) house was raided mid-afternoon on Tuesday and news of his arrest on weapons and explosives charges, among others, broke overnight. He had a bail hearing on Wednesday. Sonne is a computer/surveillance security expert and it looks like at least one of his goals was to eavesdrop on police communications. The Globe and Mail has more details as does the Toronto Star.
Corbiere, 24, gets a mention for being one of the first people arrested. He was the guy arrested at the Monday protest due to having several run-ins with the police over the course of the protest. He has been around– he ran for office in Kitchener-Waterloo as an Independent candidate and made an appearance at an anti-Vancouver Olympics protest in the same city. According to him, he was released without bail from custody close to midnight on Monday night.
Julian Ichim is an activist from Guelph (along with Kelly Pfleg-Back). He is commonly involved in activist events in Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph and, since Monday’s protest where a few hundred protesters occupied an Esso station, he has been active here in Toronto at the G20. He achieved notoriety in 2000 for splashing Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day with chocolate milk and ran as a Communist Party (Independant Renewal) candidate in 2003 in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Pfleg-Back also made an appearance at the Monday protest as a leader (scroll down to the last photo). A University of Guelph student, she is primarily active in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph area. She was one of the protesters refused entry to the Allan Gardens Protest on Friday (source).
Suspicious Ammonium Nitrate Purchaser (June 9th)
Remember the suspicious purchase of lots of Ammonium Nitrate at the end of May. A man missing fingers bought lots of the fertilizer commonly used to build explosives. Well, I missed the news, but as of June 9th this was resolved. The man bought the Ammonium Nitrate for the less-suspicious activity of gardening, and contacted the police himself to set the record straight.