We Canadians are overwhelmingly proud of our country. Why shouldn’t we be? For all of its shortcomings Canada has often (although not always) shown itself to be a fair country, especially when dealing with civil disturbances and inner conflicts.
The police reaction to the recent G20 protests in Toronto, however, was shameful. They used excessive force dealing with protesters that were overwhelmingly peaceful and arrested hundreds of protesters that showed no aggression whatsoever. Consider the following videos.
In this video, the police attack a group of protestors without provocation (except for singing our national anthem).
And in this video the police surround and close in on a large group of protesters, also all exercising their rights to non-violent protest. The don’t allow anyone to leave and then arrest them.
It is a sad day for Canada. Tonight I will go out to a Canada Day party and, like most Canadians, drink a ridiculous amount of beer. This time though, I will not drink to celebrate. I will drink to forget.