>People are dumb. Because the G20 meetings are going on, some idiots calling themselves the Black Bloc thought they should smash windows, burn cop cars and cause general disarray and hell around Toronto, even saying that “confrontation is welcome” at a protest this afternoon. They want to show them who’s boss, eh? Well, ask the nearly 500 people who have been arrested if that was a success. Oh wait, I think that number just went up.
What a waste of time and resources. But maybe that’s the aim. Divert enough people outside the perimeter, and then people will be able to pop out of manhole covers inside the perimeter and do who knows what. And what’s up with the manholes anyway? When you do this amount of planning, you have to have more on your mind than just joining a protest.
9:11 a.m. Protesters seen coming out of manhole
A security guard describes seeing what he believes were two protesters emerge on to Queen St. yesterday by popping up through a manhole cover.
A man and two women were standing near the manhole cover in front of 20 Queen St. W. yesterday around 1:45 a.m. when two men jumped out from the underground. One sprinted east to Yonge St., said security guard Peter Pangopoulos, and the other stood with the three people who appeared to have been wating for him. The four of them started walking toward the Eaton Centre, he said.
“It was a near-perfect operation,” said Panagopoulos.
In amazement, he pointed out the four people to his partner who ran to tell police officers in a Court Services van on Bay St. Police swarmed the four, who were arrested, but the one man who jumped through the manhole opening had already gone.
Inside the manhole cover is a ladder, a rope and white LED lights stretching far down before it goes black. City workers have welded the cover shut.
A ladder and LED lights? What were they trying to do?
I was talking to my mom this morning, and my dad had a good idea. Why don’t we hold these G20 meetings at military bases? I’m sure they could build a pretty little convention centre there. It would be far away so it would be both secure and wouldn’t screw up the lives of people just trying to get on with their day, and there wouldn’t be so many businesses available for nincompoops to loot.