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Watch: Gays Protest G20 Summit in Toronto


More than 100 LGBTQ protesters hit the streets of Toronto yesterday ahead of the G20 summit there.

Reuters reports:

"'We're queer, we're fabulous, we're against the G20,' marchers chanted as two dozen police on mountain bikes watched, breaking their strict formation at least once to tackle a rowdy protester to the ground. One protester wearing tights, stilettos and a pink-faced, papier-mache head of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper clapped along as demonstrators danced to the beat of drums. Protesters said they were trying to draw attention to the rights of all minority populations marginalized because of their gender, sexuality or socioeconomic status. Canada is spending about C$1 billion ($980 million) on security for two back-to-back international summits this week. The Group of Eight will meet in the town of Huntsville, Ontario, 215 km (135 miles) north of Toronto on June 25-26. The larger G20 gathers June 26-27 in Toronto, where the city center is awash with police and security fencing."

Protesters were also angry about the corporatization of the Pride parade and the censorship of pro-Palestinian queers, according to a report from Submedia TV.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Seriously? COuld there be more of a clusterfuck ? Protesting the capitalist system, the oppression of minorities, the corporatization of Pride and the censorship of pro-Palistinian queers? Yknow that wet feeling? Its you pissing in the wind.

    Posted by: dizzy spins | Jun 23, 2010 8:20:43 AM

  2. These people need a hobby. Isn't there some sort of improv group they can join?

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 23, 2010 9:20:40 AM

  3. I think this is more about local politics and extracting rents for various Toronto constituencies. Canadians are ambivalent about the G20 - they want their country to be important, but only grudgingly spend the money or make the commitments to do so. Plus, they love welfare spending.

    Posted by: Torontoboy | Jun 23, 2010 11:29:26 AM

  4. Correction: the group that was barred from participating in the Pride Parade is not a Pro-Palestinian group per se (though they are in solidarity with queer Palestinians) but rather an anti-Israeli Apartheid group.

    They are critics of the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians and the way in which the Israeli government justifies this treatment by declaring itself to be the only 'Western-styled' (and, hence, the only pro-gay) democracy in the Middle-East, among other things.

    Posted by: Smokey | Jun 23, 2010 12:47:48 PM

  5. This looks like a guide on how to not be taken seriously.
    Also, 'Torontoboy', as a Canadian all I can say is WTF.

    Posted by: TheOtherMark | Jun 23, 2010 3:35:15 PM

  6. These people are heroic. Fuck all of you apathetic bastards.

    Posted by: missanthrope | Jun 23, 2010 4:11:43 PM

  7. These people are fuckin' useless, and do nothing for the collective advancement of gay rights. Fuck them and the fringe absurd beliefs and values that they espouse. They're essentially gay hippies...and trust that their hygiene is no better. I hate hippies so goddamn much. Privileged white douchebags coopting an identity; anything to be "different" than their boring milque toast, PRIVILEGED background. "They want to change the world, but all they do is smoke pot and smell bad".

    Posted by: TANK | Jun 23, 2010 4:24:18 PM

  8. nooooo, smokey. That's a lie. This group is opposed not only to the israel's policies toward palestinians, but the RIGHT OF ISRAEL TO EXIST. It's a radical fringe group regurgitating antisemitic propaganda originating iran and through hamas. However, they should have been able to march...just like anyone else, including fred phelps. And that doesn't mean that they shouldn't have been harshly criticized too...before, during and after the march...because freedom to participate applies to EVERYONE if you want to go down that road of all or nothing.

    Posted by: TANK | Jun 23, 2010 4:29:41 PM

  9. This is really sad. Toronto Pride week is such a joyous and successful event every year. It really is the best Pride events in the world. I can't believe Toronto planners allowed the G8 and G20 summits to interfere with Pride. Over 1 Million visitors come to Toronto for Pride every year. We bring so much more to the city than any other event, culturally and financially. Toronto city planners should be ashamed. Toronto Pride week will still be wonderful. I just hope all this mess doesn't keep Pride goers away.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Jun 23, 2010 6:28:11 PM

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