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Toronto Arrest Total Tops 500 After Night Of Riots

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* Over 500 arrested after anti-G20 violence

* Four caught exiting sewer manhole near security zone

* Large number arrested on Sunday at University campus

By Cameron French and Pav Jordan

TORONTO, June 27 (Reuters) - The arrest tally from rioting in downtown Toronto climbed above 500 on Sunday, including four who climbed through the sewer system and emerged near the lock-down area where world leaders were attending the G20 summit.

Police said they hoped protests planned for Sunday would be quiet, but after a day when they admitted they had lost control of a violent and fast-moving crowd, the arrests came fast.

"What we're prepared for today is more of what we saw yesterday," a police spokesman said. "We'd like to see demonstrations remain peaceful."

Four people were detained in the middle of the night as they emerged from a manhole near the 10-foot fence sealing off the area where the Group of 20 rich and developing nations are meeting. Police said they were urgently sealing sewer access near the zone.

A "large number" of people were detained in a raid at the University of Toronto's downtown campus on Sunday, and police said they seized weapons, including bricks, rocks and sticks.

The riots started on Saturday afternoon after groups of masked anarchists broke away from a larger, peaceful demonstration that was protesting against the G20, which ends its meeting on Sunday.

They smashed the windows of stores and banks and torched police cars in a protest that police finally brought under control with tear gas and mass arrests.

On Sunday, protesters carrying banners saying "Free Our Comrades" marched on the temporary detention center set up near Toronto's port area. Police fired bean bags and tear gas to disperse them.

Those arrested face charges ranging from mischief to assaulting police, police said.

"What we saw yesterday ... is a bunch of thugs that pretend to have a difference of opinion with policies and instead choose violence in order to express those so-called differences of opinion," Dimitri Soudas, spokesman for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, told a news conference.

I'm sure Injin would comment that those protesting don't have the bigger sticks like the thugs in power.

Perhaps if the bankers hadn't screwed the entire financial system people might not protest?

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Police forces in charge of security at the G20 summit in Toronto have been granted special powers for the duration of the summit.

The new powers took effect Monday and apply along the border of the G20 security fence that encircles a portion of the downtown core. This area — the so-called red zone — includes the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where delegates will meet. The new regulations effectively expand the jurisdiction of the existing Public Works Act to apply to high-security areas of the summit site.

Under the new regulations, anyone who comes within five metres of the security area is obliged to give police their name and state the purpose of their visit on request. Anyone who fails to provide identification or explain why they are near the security zone can be searched and arrested.

The new powers are designed specifically for the G20, CBC's Colin Butler reported Friday.

Ontario's cabinet quietly passed the new rules on June 2 without legislature debate.

Civil liberties groups are concerned about the new regulations, but Toronto police Chief Bill Blair defended the move to add the new powers and denied there was any attempt to deceive the public about how or when they were enacted.

"It was not a secret," Blair told CBC News on Friday. "It was passed in exactly the procedure as described in our legislation in Ontario.

"It was published by the province ... if you go and Google 'Public Works Act Ontario' it's the second thing that comes up. The first will be the act itself."

Lawyer Howard Morton said the new rules go too far and were brought into effect without proper notice.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/06/25/g20-new-powers.html#ixzz0s5sf53h8

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