Friday, April 15, 2011

British ‘kettling’ case bears G20 similarities

During the April, 2009, incident in Britain, which also took place during a G20 meeting, the London Metropolitan Police boxed in a peaceful climate-change protest near the city’s financial district for hours. Police argued they were trying to protect it from being infiltrated by members of a more violent protest. Police used similar confinement tactics last June in Toronto, most famously at Queen Street and Spadina Avenue near the end of the final day of protests. Officers surrounded about 250 people, some of whom were shoppers and bystanders who had nothing to do with the demonstrations, and refused to let them leave the intersection for several hours, despite a torrential downpour.

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