Monday, June 28, 2010
Can Toronto's Chief of Police Bill Blair Explain This??
The right to free speech and peaceful protest is essential, but the issues the protesters profess to be concerned about got lost in a cacophony of violence and noise.
But free speech and peaceful protest are elements of a free society upon which the state authorities have no right to infringe.
Which brings the conduct and decision making abilities of Toronto's Chief of Police Bill Blair into question.
On Saturday, violent protesters were allowed to rampage in the city, unabated by police, while the next day, peaceful protesters were attacked by police without provocation.
Early Sunday morning raids that arrested a number of protesters believed to be members of the violent "Black Bloc" may have contributed to the quiet Sunday. That is to be commended. But what possible excuse can Blair provide for allowing violent protests, such as these, to go on without police intervention and what possible explanation can he provide for the peaceful protesters singing the national anthem being attacked by police, as you can see in the video above.
UPDATE: Same incident photographed from a rooftop: