peaceful protester recounts arrest and ordeal: "my country broke my heart"

This is an excellent first-hand account of one peaceful protester's arrest and 23-hour incarceration. It's long - I'm still working my through it - but important. Please read and share.
How I Got Arrested and Abused at the G20 in Toronto, Canada

By Tommy Taylor

I'm going to start by saying that at no point in this note will I be exaggerating, bending the truth or lying in any way. I can also say I've never felt this angry, violated or betrayed.

Second, to those who are disgusted with the violence and vandalism — I agree. It was disgusting, but happened to property, by a small group. You can see the photos everywhere of the few individuals who did that. They were also allowed to by police, who parked the cars and left. Everywhere else there were organized riot police in the thousands. They left Yonge Street alone – why? Just and photo ops.

I'm not going to wig out in a conspiracy theory way, just read for yourself. The Black Bloc caused so much distraction and carnage. It happened to me and I still find it hard to believe, I don't want to believe it. My country broke my heart.

So here is what happened.

Read it here.


West End Bob said...

Read this yesterday via a link from The Galloping Beaver by Boris. Powerful stuff, L-girl.

Every Canadian should read it . . . .

L-girl said...

That's great, Bob. I noticed on Progressive Bloggers that many people were sharing it. It's so disturbing - which is why it's so important.

Stephanie said...

I think this is one of the most important pieces written about the G20.

I think that with Tommy Taylor's background in theatre we may expect this account and the incredible detail to spawn other work on the subject (I have to hope)!

I look forward to those works.