For me, CP24 is what comes on every time I turn on the TV.
Channel 024 is that channel you leave on in restaurants or establishments when there isn’t a major sports event happening. On the screen, there’s constant weather updates, Toronto concert and event dates, stock numbers, and footage and major headlines from news stories of the day. Usually, it’s the channel that, when the TV is turned on, is changed from. Today was an exception.
Today, the quarter of the screen that constantly changes was filled with clips of riot scenes, live protests, and police cars being set on fire. Reporters in downtown TO were consulted every five minutes, all coming on out of breath, panting as they were chasing and following protestors down the city streets.
When the final preparations for the G20 were being made, when everyone in the city was griping about the billion-dollar price tag attached to this international photo op, everyone expected protests. How could they not?
Lots of businesses are being shut down because of the summit, and they’re not getting any compensation for it. There are many activists attempting to stage peaceful protests, some trying to raise awareness for a variety of social justice issues in TO and around the world.
And of course, there are the people protesting the fact that the G20 is actually happening.
I’m not saying people shouldn’t protest, and I’m even farther from saying that people shouldn’t raise awareness for overlooked issues of social, economic, and political importance- especially not when they can take advantage of such a highly publicized event like the G20 summit. I just can’t find fault with peaceful protest, at least not when looking at it from the perspective of someone who is neither a politician or an activist herself. There’s nothing that says that peaceful protesters shouldn’t be allowed to carry on with raising awareness.
However, I have no sympathy for the people who come into the city to cause chaos by smashing business windows and setting fire to four cop cars to “represent all revolutions of the past” and then get arrested by the OPP. I really don’t.
These people are not protesters, or activists. Calling the chaos-driven thugs trying to wreak havoc on TO “protesters” is an insult to the people that actually have causes.
There are no messages behind these thugs’ actions. There are no causes or issues that they’re trying to get people to understand. There is just a stupid amount of violence, chaos, and unnecessary destruction.
It just makes me mad. These people need to get the hell out of our city.