So there was a bit of a riot in Toronto this afternoon:
For those of you who might not know, the G20 Summit was taking place in Toronto this weekend. Due to really dumb planning, the summit was (is) being held at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre, the same convention centre that usually is host to comic conventions. What makes the planning dumb is that the Convention Centre is close to a very busy subway line, close to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre (home of the Blue Jays), and just generally an awkward location. A huge perimeter was set up around it, with tons of cops and a big iron fence. I can't help but think a more secluded location might have been available and a lot of this mess could have been avoided.
The day started off miserably enough with some rain. I had no real reason to go out today besides boredom. Thankfully I wasn't anywhere near the main protests, but knowing what I would later find out once I got home, I would have stayed home. While I think most of the protests going on were peaceful, a large group of black clad morons decided to wage war on on the downtown core, setting fire to two police cars, and vandalizing a few stores (mostly American owned) and restaurants, breaking windows, and causing their own dumb form of mayhem (nothing says rebellion like kicking in an American Apparel window
The mall I was on my way to had to be shut down about 10 minutes after I got there, with several main exits being blocked off (this might not sound like much, but this is a rather large shopping mall). Subway service was shut down past that location, meaning I had to walk back to a further station. And to top it all off I came near close to being hit by a Greyhound bus, which I think had been commandeered by the police. I thought I had stepped back from the curb pretty far, but apparently not far enough. A cop pulled me back from behind just as it drove ((zoomed) around the corner. I don't think it had any chance of hitting me, but it was still a bit of a jolt, and a bit embarrassing to say the least.
About 75 people have been arrested, with possibly more to follow. The G20 ends tomorrow. Hopefully with the city in one piece.